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Plutarch [electronic resource]: Parallel Lives

Films for the Humanities & Sciences
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
With a novelist's attention to psychological detail, a diarist's love of personal history, and a moralist's penchant for spinning parables, the Roman writer Plutarch created an altogether new kind of biographical history with his Parallel Lives, a series of paired portraits of major figures from classical Greece and Rome. In this program, Plutarch himself is held up for scrutiny, and he gives an extraordinary accounting of himself. Philosopher, priest of the Temple of Apollo, benefactor, and early advocate for the education of women, Plutarch practiced what he preached: "The virtues of these great men serve me as a sort of looking-glass, in which I may see how to adjust and adorn my own life." Passages from Parallel Lives are interspersed throughout the program, highlighting both Plutarch's style and his substance.
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22 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Dec. 15, 2005.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Parallel lives
Words of Change
Wor(l)ds of change
  • Plutarch: Philosopher and Historian (0:57)
  • Plutarch's Early Years (3:04)
  • Scientific Treatises and "Parallel Lives" (3:58)
  • Format and Style of "Parallel Lives" (2:36)
  • "Parallel Lives": A Classical Self-Help Manual (2:08)
  • Choice of Examples for "Parallel Lives" (2:51)
  • Plutarch's Later Years (2:00)
  • Legacy of "Parallel Lives" (1:47)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2005], c2004.
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  • 33440s Films Media Group
  • 33442 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (22 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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