The Age of Caesar

Five Roman Lives

Plutarch (Author), James Romm (Editor, Bard College), Pamela Mensch (Translator)

With a Foreword by Mary Beard

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“Plutarch regularly shows that great leaders transcend their own purely material interests and petty, personal vanities. Noble ideals actually do matter, in government as in life.” —Michael Dirda, Washington Post

Pompey, Caesar, Cicero, Brutus, Antony: the names still resonate across thousands of years. Major figures in the civil wars that brutally ended the Roman republic, their lives pose a question that haunts us still: how to safeguard a republic from the flaws of its leaders.

This reader’s edition of Plutarch delivers a fresh translation of notable clarity, explanatory notes, and ample historical context in the Preface and Introduction.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35552-9
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 432 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“A translation full of good choices.” — Steve Donoghue, American Conservative

“This reader’s edition of Plutarch’s Lives brings to life the captivating personalities and topsy-turvy politics of the late Roman Republic. Fluid and poised, Pamela Mensch’s translation does a fine job conveying the measured power of Plutarch’s prose. The introduction—authored by one of the most distinguished ancient historians of her generation—masterfully sets the scene, and James Romm’s notes will be an invaluable resource for readers.” — Daniel Padilla Peralta, author of Undocumented

“The formidable duo of Romm & Mensch have pulled it off again—accomplishing with ease the tricky feat of making some of the best biographies from the best biographer of the ancient Roman world newly accessible in fresh, accurate, intelligently commented translations to a readership extending well beyond the usual Classicist suspects.” — Paul Cartledge, author of Thermopylae: The Battle that Changed the World

The Age of Caesar is a fine translation of Plutarch’s biographies of five of the most tragic figures in ancient history. This will become the new standard.” — Ian Morris, author of War! What Is It Good For?

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