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    (circa 46-circa 120)
    Born in Chaeronea, Greece
    Wrote 'Parallel Lives' and 'Moralia' ('Customs and Mores')
    'Parallel Lives' paired the biographies of a famous Greek and a famous Roman to illustrate their common virtues and vices
    Half to two-thirds of what he wrote is lost.
    One scholar said he was 'fanatically biased in favor of the Greek cities; they can do no wrong.'
    He often ignored the big events in his subjects' lives in favor of trivial anecdotes.
    He sometimes seriously reached to find similarities between two people so he could write their biographies as parallel stories.
    He wrote that he focussed on anecdotes because they often revealed more about a person's character than their more famous accomplishments.
    Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar,' 'Coriolanus' and 'Antony and Cleopatra' quote passages from 'Parallel Lives.'
    Ralph Waldo Emerson called Parallel Lives 'a Bible for heroes.'
    Other admirers of Plutarch included Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon, John Milton, John Dryden and James Boswell.

Credit: C. Fishel

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