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First Principles: The Ambitious Who Embrace the Image of Virtue But Not Virtue Itself, Produce Ugly Deeds

“Ambitious men, who embrace the image and not the reality of virtue, produce nothing but ugly deeds.” – Plutarch, Lives of Noble Romans        

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Thought For the Day: Our Word Choices Show Our State of Mind, Disposition and Character

“In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.” – Plutarch, biographer and philosopher (circa 46-120)    

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Plutarch’s Lives – Alcibiades

Aloha Promises Forever has previously discussed both Plutarch and his parallel biographies known as Plutarch’s Lives .  In this post, we will discuss Alcibiades. Alcibiades, son of Cleinias, lived from approximately c. 450 – 404 BC and was a prominent Athenian … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Plutarch’s Lives – Demosthenes

Plutarch’s Lives  has been previously discussed.  The past posts should be reviewed for some background information about this set of biographies.  With the respect to Demosthenes, the following may be said. Demosthenes was a Greek statesman and orator of ancient … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Plutarch’s Lives

Reputedly on August 29, 30 B.C., Cleopatra took her life after hearing of Antony’s suicide.  There is something in his story that begs for a morality play.  Shakespeare did his noble best to provide just that. Plutarch’s life of Antony … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Plutarch’s Lives – Pericles

As discussed previously, Plutarch’s Parallel Lives is an important work not only because of the insights provided with respect to subject of the various persons who are discussed in the biographies but also due to the information provided about the times … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Plutarch’s Parallel Lives

Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans is also known as Parallel Lives or Plutarch’s Lives.   This book is believe to have been written in the beginning of the Second Century A.D.  It consists of a series of 23 pairs … Continue reading

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