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PLUTARCH: Greek Lives (Abridged)


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PLUTARCH: Greek Lives (Abridged)

Plutarch’s series of biographies was the first of its kind, as much ground breaking in conception as Herodotus was with his Histories. Plutarch looked at the great men of the Ancient World and told their stories, in many cases drawing on sources no longer available to us. They offer a unique insight into the characters as well as the achievements of men who influenced their age and the empires that their culture dominated. They are as accessible now as they were when they were first written. It is the companion volume to Roman Lives, also read with style by Nicholas Farrell on Naxos AudioBooks.

Disc 1

1.   Introduction 00:03:42
2.   Plutarch's desire to make his subject's 'habit of mind understood' 00:04:11
  Lycurgus (6th or 7th Century BC)
3.   Lycurgus (6th or 7th Century BC) 00:03:15
4.   Soon after, an overture was made to him by the queen, 00:03:31
5.   From Crete he sailed to Asia 00:02:45
6.   Amongst the many changes and alterations which Lycurgus made 00:02:46
7.   After the creation of the thirty senators 00:02:55
8.   So there was now no more means of purchasing foreign goods 00:02:43
9.   This last ordinance in particular exasperated the wealthier men. 00:03:39
10.   Lycurgus would never reduce his laws into writing 00:03:23
11.   These public processions of the maidens 00:02:45
12.   Lycurgus allowed a man who was advanced in years and had a young wife 00:02:31
13.   After they were twelve years old 00:03:21
14.   Their lovers and favourers, too, had a share in the young boy's honour or disgrace 00:02:34
15.   Nor was their instruction in music and verse 00:02:32
16.   To return to the Lacedaemonians 00:02:19
17.   The senate, as I said before, consisted of those who were Lycurgus's chief aiders 00:04:27
18.   When he perceived that his more important institutions had taken root in the minds of his countrymen 00:04:17
  Themistocles (527-460 BC)
19.   Themistocles (527 - 460 BC) 00:03:18
20.   It is said that Themistocles 00:02:46
21.   He went beyound all men in the passion for distinction 00:02:16
22.   Having taken upon himself the command of the Athenian forces 00:03:09
23.   Now, though Xerxes had already passed through Doris 00:02:56
24.   Eurybiades, by the reason of the greatness of Sparta 00:02:45
25.   Themistocles, knowing the generosity of Aristides 00:03:11

Disc 2

  Themistocles (527-460 BC)
1.   After this eas - fight, Xerxes, enraged at his ill - fortune 00:03:12
2.   He was, indeed, by nature, a great lover of honour 00:04:23
3.   When Pausanias went about this treasonable design 00:02:34
4.   Thucydides says, that, passing over land to the Aegaean Sea 00:02:34
5.   When he was introduced to the king 00:02:43
6.   Themistocles replied, that a man's discourse was like to a rich Persian carpet, 00:03:17
7.   But when Egypt revolted, being assisted by the Athenians, 00:02:36
  Pericles (495-429 BC)
8.   Pericles (495 - 429 BC) 00:03:13
9.   For this man, Pericles entertained an extraordinary esteem 00:03:19
10.   He immediately entered 00:02:40
11.   Finding himself come sort of his competitor, Cimon 00:02:58
12.   Cimon, while he was admiral 00:02:53
13.   Pericles on the other hand 00:02:51
14.   Phidias had the oversight of all the works 00:02:52
15.   At length, coming to a final contest with Thucydides 00:03:06
16.   Of all his expeditions 00:02:18
17.   For, in the first place, the Euboeans revolted 00:03:04
18.   Pericles, however, was particularly charged with having proposed to the assembly 00:03:52
19.   After this was over, the Peloponnesian war beginning 00:03:32
20.   The people receiving and admitting these accusations and complaints 00:03:20
21.   In the first place, the pestilential disease 00:04:23
  Alcibiades (450-404 BC)
22.   Alcibiades (450 - 404 BC) 00:03:18
23.   Unawares to himself 00:02:43
24.   Whilst he was very young 00:02:43
25.   He had great advantages for entering public life 00:02:56

Disc 3

  Alcibiades (450-404 BC)
1.   Alcibiades was not less disturbed at the distinctions 00:02:55
2.   When they were met 00:02:58
3.   After this battle at Mantinea 00:02:12
4.   The truth is, his liberalities, his public shows 00:03:04
5.   Together with Alcibiades 00:03:17
6.   Alcibiades perceived the malice of this postponement 00:03:17
7.   The information against him was conceived in this form 00:02:50
8.   At Sparta, he was devoted to athletic exercises 00:02:35
9.   Thus Alcibiades, quitting the interests of the Spartans 00:03:28
10.   Alcibiades at once dispatched messengers to Samos 00:02:33
11.   The people in the city were terrified into submission 00:03:52
12.   But about thirty days after, Alcibiades escaped from his keeprs 00:03:17
13.   Alcibiades, as soon as he saw the torch lifted upin the air 00:02:55
14.   And now Alcibiades began to desire to see his native country again 00:02:16
15.   But notwithstanding the affairs of Alcibiades went so prosperously 00:02:26
16.   How far his own inclinations led him to usurp sovereign power 00:03:21
17.   As soon as Alcibiades heard of this 00:03:03
18.   Yet in this sad state of affairs 00:03:17
  Lysander (439-395 BC)
19.   Lysander (439 - 395 BC) 00:03:34
20.   Understanding that Cyrus, the king's son 00:03:47
21.   But to those who loved honest and noble behaviour 00:03:04
22.   But on the fifth day 00:04:04
23.   Lysander with his fleet passed to Asia 00:02:53
24.   Lysander, after this, sails out to Thrace 00:02:29
25.   This ambitious temper was indeed only burdensome to the highest personages 00:02:27
26.   And having hardly and with difficulty obtained leave 00:01:58

Disc 4

  Lysander (439-395 BC)
1.   When King Agis died 00:01:53
2.   Immediately, therefore, Lysander spurred him on to make an expedition into Asia 00:02:07
3.   Upon this he was sent ambassador to the Hellespont 00:02:25
4.   And being now grown violent in his temper 00:02:32
  Alexander (356-323 BC)
5.   Alexander (356 - 323 BC) 00:02:40
6.   The statues that gave the best representation of Alexander's person 00:03:10
7.   The care of his education, as it might be presumed 00:02:51
8.   After this, considering him to be of a temper easy to be led to his duty by reason 00:03:28
9.   But the disorders of his family 00:03:39
10.   When he came to Thebes 00:03:09
11.   Then he went to Delphi 00:02:48
12.   In the meantime Darius's captains having collected large roces 00:03:26
13.   This battle presently made a great change of affairs to Alexander's advantage 00:02:37
14.   Darius was by this time upon his march from Susa 00:02:39
15.   There was at this time in Darius's army a Macedonian refugee 00:03:02
16.   But as he was going to supper 00:03:51
17.   Alexander, that he might refresh his army 00:03:46
18.   This was a long and painful, and, in two respects, a dangerous journey 00:03:13
19.   Darius wrote him a letter 00:03:40
20.   But to return to Alexander 00:03:18
21.   His sword, which was the weapon he used most in fight 00:03:52
22.   From hence he marched through the province of Babylon 00:03:56
23.   What she said was received with such universal liking and murmurs of applause 00:02:54
24.   But when he perceived his favourites grow so luxurious 00:03:01
25.   He now, as we said, set forth to seek Darius 00:03:42

Disc 5

  Alexander (356-323 BC)
1.   And now with the flower of his army he marched into Hyrcania 00:02:49
2.   Apprehending the Macedonians would be weary of pursuing the war 00:02:24
3.   Noticing, also, that among his chief friends and favourites 00:02:58
4.   But he, for what reason is uncertain 00:02:44
5.   The king had a present of Grecian fruit brought him 00:02:36
6.   'We are sufficiently punished already' 00:01:54
7.   Upon this, at last, Alexander, snatching a spear from one of the soldiers 00:02:42
8.   Alexander now intent upon his expedition into India 00:02:14
9.   Nor did they judge amiss 00:03:07
10.   This discourse pleased Alexander 00:03:50
11.   Almost all the historians agree 00:03:18
12.   Alexander was now eager to see the ocean 00:03:58
13.   His voyage down the rivers took up seven months' time 00:01:55
14.   At Gedrosia, his admiral, Nearchus 00:02:38
15.   The thirty thousand boys whom he left behind him to be taught 00:03:39
16.   As he was upon his way to Babylon 00:03:23
17.   But the journals give the following record 00:02:56
  Demosthenes (384-322 BC)
18.   Demosthenes (384 - 322 BC) 00:03:39
19.   As soon, therefore, as he was grown up to man's estate 00:03:55
20.   Whence then, may some say 00:02:18
21.   However, finding it a hard matter 00:02:42
22.   It was evident 00:03:20
23.   But there was, it should seem 00:03:03

Disc 6

  Demosthenes (384-322 BC)
1.   Demosthenes had secret intelligence of the death of Philip 00:03:31
2.   It was not long after that Harpalus fled from Alexander 00:02:13
3.   Demosthenes resisted the inquisition 00:03:11
4.   Yet it was no long time that he enjoyed his country after his return 00:04:36
  Pyrrhus (329-272 BC)
5.   Pyrrhus (329 - 272 BC) 00:04:05
6.   When he was twelve years old 00:03:22
7.   From this time he began to revolve many and vast projects in his thoughts 00:03:56
8.   After this battle, Pyrrhus 00:03:19
9.   But Lysimachus now arriving, and claiming the defeat of Demetrius 00:03:03
10.   There was one Cineas, a Thessalian 00:03:19
11.   And first, he sent away Cineas to the Tarentines 00:02:46
12.   He now received intelligence that Laevinus 00:03:05
13.   This made Pyrrhus use greater caution 00:03:41
14.   Then Caius Fabricius came in embassy from the Romans 00:03:43
15.   The Romans, not having those advantages of retreating 00:04:08
16.   And being elevated with his good fortune 00:02:45
17.   He divided his army into two parts 00:02:45
18.   His affairs being yet unsettled 00:02:44
19.   Pyrrhus himself, in person 00:02:12
20.   Pyrrhus, upon the coming of these additional forces 00:02:40
21.   In the dead of the night 00:03:39
22.   Pyrrhus, seeing this storm and confusion of things 00:02:50

Total Playing Time: 07:30:23


Farrell, Nicholas; Hodson, Steve

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Biographies

Catalogue No: NA628912

Barcode: 9789626342893

Physical Release: 09/2003

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