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Plutarch's Politics

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Part I: 1. Ancients and moderns; 2. Ambition and political form; Part II: 3. Lives; 4. Lycurgus's Sparta; 5. Numa's Rome; 6. Parallels; 7. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Hugh Liebert is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy.


'A remarkable study of Plutarch that reminds us of the honor in which he was once held and that seeks to rescue his analysis of honor and honor-lovers from our jaded unconcern. Hugh Liebert offers an elegant introduction to the political thought of Hellenism.' Harvey Mansfield, Harvard University and Stanford University 'Every once in a while, someone publishes a book that causes everyone familiar with the subject to say, 'That is obvious. Why did no one say it before?' Hugh Liebert's Plutarch's Politics is just such a book, and it will have a major impact on the future study of the biographer. It is the first to examine in a systematic fashion Plutarch's Lives from a regime perspective. It is elegant - written with vigor and verve. Its author has a thorough knowledge of the parallel lives and the Moralia, of the writers to whom Plutarch is responding, and of the pertinent secondary literature. The book that he has written is brief and terse, and it makes a powerful - nay, a compelling - case for Plutarch's importance as a political thinker of the very first rank.' Paul Rahe, Hillsdale College, Michigan 'This is a marvellous guide for reading the Lives as a genre of political philosophy.' Mark Shiffman, The Review of Politics

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