The Rise of Rome (Penguin Classics)
The biographies collected in this volume bring togetherPlutarch's Lives of those great men who established thecity of Rome and consolidated its supremacy, and his Comparisonswith their notable Greek counterparts. Here he pairs Romulus,mythical founder of Rome, with Theseus, who brought Athens topower, and compares the admirable Numa and Lycurgus for bringingorder to their communities, while Titus Flamininus and Philopoemenare portrayed as champions of freedom. As well as providing anilluminating picture of the first century AD, Plutarch depictscomplex and nuanced heroes who display the essential virtues ofGreek civilization - courage, patriotism, justice, intelligence andreason - that contributed to the rise of Rome.These new and revised translations by W. Jeffrey Tatum and IanScott-Kilvert capture Plutarch's elegant prose and narrative flair.This edition also includes a general introduction, individualintroductions to each of the Lives and Comparisons,further reading and notes.The Rise of Rome is the penultimate title in PenguinClassics' complete revised Plutarch in six volumes. Other titlesinclude Rome In Crisis, On Sparta,Fall of the Roman Republic, The Age of Alexanderand The Rise and Fall of Athens (forthcoming 2014).