Lives (Dryden translation)

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The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans  (1683) 
by Plutarch, translated by John Dryden and other eminent hands
Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, commonly called Parallel Lives or Plutarch's Lives, is a series of biographies of famous men, arranged in tandem to illuminate their common moral virtues or failings. The surviving Parallel Lives (in Greek: Bioi parallèloi), as they are more properly and commonly known, contain twenty-three pairs of biographies, each pair consisting of one Greek and one Roman, as well as four unpaired, single lives. It is a work of considerable importance, not only as a source of information about the individuals biographized, but also about the times in which they lived.— Excerpted from Parallel Lives on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.