GREK401B

“For it is not histories that I am writing, but lives; and in the most illustrious deeds there is not always a manifestation of virtue or vice, nay, a slight thing like a phrase or a jest often makes a greater revelation of character than battles where thousands fall, or the greatest armaments, or sieges of cities.” (1.2) In this class we shall read Plutarch’s Life of Alexander, focusing on Plutarch’s narrative technique. In addition, we shall consider the Lives within Plutarch’s larger oeuvre and against other Greek writing from the Roman Empire.