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NA628912 - PLUTARCH: Greek Lives (Abridged)



Greek Lives

Lycurgus • Themistocles • Pericles • Alcibiades

Lysander • Alexander • Demosthenes • Pyrrhus

Read by Nicholas Farrell with Steve Hodson


Plutarch’s series of biographies was the first of its kind, as much ground-breaking in conception as the Histories of Herodotus. Plutarch looked at the great men of the Ancient World and told their stories, in many cases drawing on sources which are 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.



Nicholas Farrell has worked extensively on both stage and screen. He played Horatio in Branagh’s film of Hamlet, and Antonio in Nunn’s Twelfth Night. At the RSC and elsewhere in London he has appeared frequently in classical drama, including Cymbeline, The Merchant of Venice and Julius Caesar, as well as Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and Three Sisters. His most recent television credits include The Jury, Spooks, Reversals and Foyles War. He read the part of Buckingham in King Richard III for Naxos AudioBooks and can be heard regularly on radio.

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