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A Commentary on Plutarch's Life of Agesilaos

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A Commentary on Plutarch's Life of Agesilaos by . Plutarch
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Shipley presents the first modern commentary on Plutarch's Life of Agesilaos (c.444-360 BC) together with the full Greek text and a bibliography. Plutarch's biographies have long been valued for their literary, philosophic, and historiographic content, and the Life of Agesilaos, king of Sparta for forty years after the Peloponnesian war, has special interest as an introduction to Greek history, society, and culture in the fourth century, a critical period that has received little attention in comparison with the fifth century in Athens. Internal problems in Sparta followed the accession of Agesilaos: failures of hierarchical cohesion, unrest among social and subject groups, and division between aggressive and moderate foreign policies. Plato and Aristotle, Ephoros, Xenophon, Diodoros, and Nepos contributed variously to the knowledge and understanding of the period, and Plutarch created from their evidence - and other sources - an independent, penetrating, and balanced account of the character of those in power, and of Sparta, at their best and in decline.
Release date NZ
January 29th, 1998
Author
Contributor
Edited by D R Shipley
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Clarendon Press
Pages
528
Dimensions
145x225x35
ISBN-13
9780198150732
Product ID
2247854

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