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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Plutarch A.D. 46?-120? Greek biographer and Neo-Platonist philosopher. He wrote Parallel Lives, a collection of paired biographies of famous Greek and Roman figures that Shakespeare used as source material for his Roman plays.

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  • proper n. The classical historian and essayist Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus (46-120 CE). Often used as a byword for a biographer, to suggest that the writer is especially skilled or has other attributes associated with Plutarch.
  • n. Any specific edition of a work by Plutarch, often specifically Plutarch's Lives

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  • n. Greek biographer who wrote Parallel Lives (46?-120 AD)

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Πλούταρχος (Ploutarkhos). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • QUOTATION: I, for my own part, had much rather people should say of me that there neither is nor ever was such a man as Plutarch, than that they should say, “Plutarch is an unsteady, fickle, froward, vindictive, and touchy fellow.

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  • 8833I, for my own part, had much rather people should say of me that there neither is nor ever was such a man as Plutarch, than that they should say, “Plutarch is an unsteady, fickle, froward, vindictive, and touchy fellow.

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  • 78I, for my own part, had much rather people should say of me that there neither is nor ever was such a man as Plutarch, than that they should say, “Plutarch is an unsteady, fickle, froward, vindictive, and touchy fellow.

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  • Plutarch, _De Iside_, 46 ff.; cf. Zeller, _Philos. der Griechen_, V, p. 188; Eisele, _Zur Demonologie des Plutarch_ (_Archiv für Gesch. der

    The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism

  • The books which I am at present employed in reading to myself are, in English, Plutarch's Lives, and Milner's Ecclesiastical

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay Volume 1

  • He imposed on the people of Leptis an annual tax of 3,000,000 pounds weight of oil (pondo olei), which Plutarch translates by the Greek word litræ.

    Plutarch's Lives Volume III.

  • Plutarch is one of Montaigne’s favorite authors and he is not going to let Bodin get away with his rashness.

    In Which Montaigne Gives Jean Bodin a Metaphorical Slap in the Face « So Many Books

  • The marriage-portion or Dos (which Plutarch translates by the Greek word

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II

  • He evaluated the character and conduct of many Greek and Roman rulers in his major work, popularly known as Plutarch’s Lives.

    Plutarch

  • As with this hero, so with others, till Peggy came to look forward, actually, to the history hour; which shows what a teacher can do when she understands her girls, and knows enough to call Plutarch and his peers (if any!) to aid her in her task.

    Peggy

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