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Plutarch: Parallel Lives

The Parallel Lives (Greek: Βίοι Παράλληλοι) is a collection of biographies by Plutarch, most of which are in pairs, enabling the life of a prominent Roman to be compared with that of a prominent Greek. The lives are a paradigmatic case of a concern with character which is often a central preoccupation of ancient historians.

The lives included are: 

Theseus and Romulus;  Lycurgus and Numa Pompilius; Solon and Poplicola; Themistocles and and Camillus; Pericles and Fabius; Alcibiades and Coriolanus; Timoleon and Aemilius Paulus; Pelopidas and Marcellus; Aristides and Cato the Elder; Philopoemen and Flamininus; Pyrrhus and Gaius Marius; Lysander and Sulla;  Cimon and Lucullus; Nicias and Crassus; Eumenes and Sertorius; Agesilaus and Pompey; Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar; Phocion and Cato the Younger; Agis / Cleomenes and Tiberius Gracchus / Gaius Gracchus; Demosthenes and Cicero; Demetrius and Antony; Dion and Brutus. There are also four unpaired lives, those of Aratus of Sicyon, Artaxerxes, Galba and Otho.

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Online Texts

Gutenberg: Plutarch's Lives - Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4. Multiple formats.

LacusCurtius: Plutarch's Lives, HTML format.

Loebulus. L046 - Plutarch -- Lives I: Theseus and Romulus. Lycurgus and Numa. Solon and Publicola. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English.
Loebulus. L047 - Plutarch -- Lives II: Themistocles and Camillus. Aristides and Cato Major. Cimon and Lucullus. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English.
Loebulus. L065 - Plutarch -- Lives III: Pericles and Fabius Maximus. Nicias and Crassus. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English.
Loebulus. L080 - Plutarch -- Lives IV: Alcibiades and Coriolanus. Lysander and Sulla. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English.
Loebulus. L087 - Plutarch -- Lives V: Agesilaus and Pompey. Pelopidas and Marcellus. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English.
Loebulus. L098 - Plutarch -- Lives VI: Dion and Brutus. Timoleon and Aemilius Paulus. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English.
Loebulus. L099 - Plutarch -- Lives VII: Demosthenes and Cicero. Alexander and Caesar. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English.
Loebulus. L100 - Plutarch -- Lives VIII: Sertorius and Eumenes. Phocion and Cato the Younger. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English.
Loebulus. L101 - Plutarch -- Lives IX: Demetrius and Antony. Pyrrhus and Gaius Marius. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English.
Loebulus. L102 - Plutarch -- Lives X: Agis and Cleomenes. Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus. Philopoemen and Flamininus. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English.
Loebulus. L103 - Plutarch -- Lives XI: Aratus. Artaxerxes. Galba. Otho. General Index. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Greek and English

Wikisource: Βίοι Παράλληλοι, Greek text. The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, English text, translated by John Dryden, 1683.

Other Resources

Librivox: Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans - public domain audiobook.

The Great Conversation: Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes

Ancient Greek resources: Learn to read Greek classics in the original.

Bloom's Western Canon: The Parallel Lives is listed.

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