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This is an auction for MAKERS OF ROME by Plutarch.

Translated with an introduction by Ian Scott-Kilvert.

From Wikipedia:

"Plutarch (AD 46 – AD 120) was a Greek historian, biographer, and essayist... Since Spartans wrote no history prior to the Hellenistic period, and since their only extant literature is fragments of seventh-century lyrics, Plutarch's five Spartan lives and Sayings of Spartans and Sayings of Spartan Women, rooted in sources that have since disappeared, are one of the richest sources for historians of Lacedaemonia. But they are also controversial. Plutarch lived centuries after the Sparta he writes about (and a full millennium separates him from the earliest events he records) and even though he visited Sparta, many of the ancient customs he reports had been long abandoned, meaning he never actually saw what he detailed with his pen. Plutarch's sources can be problematic. As the historians Sarah Pomeroy, Stanley Burstein, Walter Donlan, and Jenniefer Tolbert Roberts have written, "Plutarch was influenced by histories written after the decline of Sparta and marked by nostalgia for a happier past, real or imagined." Turning to Plutarch himself, they write, "the admiration writers like Plutarch and Xenophon felt for Spartan society led them to exaggerate its monolithic nature, minimizing departures from ideals of equality and obscuring patterns of historical change."[16] But while they fault Plutarch for inflating Spartans' egalitarianism and heroic immunity to pain, they find value in his "large quantities of information" and claim that, for better or worse, "Plutarch's writings on Sparta, more than those of any other ancient author, have shaped later views of Sparta"..."

Penguin paperback 1965.

366 pages.

Some minor wear to the cover, otherwise good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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