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1770 Plutarch's Lives 8 Vol. Complete Greeks and Romans PO Armytage of Kirklees
London: 1770. Plutarch's Lives, in Eight Volumes: Translated from the Greek with Notes, Explanatory and Critical, from Dacier and Others. To Which is Prefixed The Life of Plutarch, Written by Dryden. Complete set of 8 matching volumes. In 1683, John Dryden began a life of Plutarch and oversaw a translation of the Lives by several hands based on the original Greek. John Dryden (1631-1700) was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made England's first Poet Laureate in 1668. Dryden is famous for having lent his name as editor-in-chief to the first complete English translation of Plutarch's Lives. This 17th-century translation is available at The MIT Internet Classics Archive. Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, is a series of biographies of famous men, arranged in tandem in short essay format, to illuminate their common moral virtues or failings, probably written at the beginning of the second century AD. Each pair consisting of one Greek and one Roman of similar destiny, such as Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, or Demosthenes and Cicero. It is a work of considerable importance, not only as a source of information about the individuals described, but also about the times in which they lived. In 1579, Sir Thomas North produced the first English-language translation. It was from North's Plutarch that Shakespeare drew for his plays. The translation stood unchallenged until 1683, when Dryden led a new translation done by a syndicate of scholars. This Dryden version has enjoyed a remarkable life and has been in print for centuries i … [Click Below for Full Description]
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