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The Morals (Moralia), Book 1

Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus

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The Moralia (or The morals or Matters relating to customs and mores) is a work by the 1st-century Greek scholar Plutarch of Chaeronea. It is a collection of 78 essays and transcribed speeches that give an insight into Roman and Greek life. Extremely popular for centuries, Plutarch's Morals have been read and imitated by many generations of Europeans, including Montaigne and the Renaissance Humanists and Enlightenment philosophers. Some of the most famous chapters on history are "On the Fortune or the Virtue of Alexander the Great" — an adjunct to his Life of the great general — "On the Worship of Isis and Osiris" - a crucial source of information on Egyptian religious rites - and "On the Malice of Herodotus", in which Plutarch criticizes what he sees as systematic bias in the Father of History's work; some important philosophical treatises are "On the Decline of the Oracles", "On the Delays of the Divine Vengeance" and "On Peace of Mind'. But the Morals also bring in some lighter fare, such as "Odysseus and Gryllus", a humorous dialog between Homer's Odysseus and one of Circe's enchanted pigs. The Moralia were composed first, while the Lives occupied much of the last two decades of Plutarch's own life. Some editions of the Moralia include several works now known to be pseudepigrapha: among these are the "Lives of the Ten Orators" (biographies of the Ten Orators of ancient Athens, based on Caecilius of Calacte), "The Doctrines of the Philosophers", and "On Music". One "pseudo-Plutarch" is held responsible for all of these works, though their authorship is of course unknown. This book is also famously the first reference to the problem of the chicken and the egg. (Summary by Leni)

Language:

English

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Length:

21h 26m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

52:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

27:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

40:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

34:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

33:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

42:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

53:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

31:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

31:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

30:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

47:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

39:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

54:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

50:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

55:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

30:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

27:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

35:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

30:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

36:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

40:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

45:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

48:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

34:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

56:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

42:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

23:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

24:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

26:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

40:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

40:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

31:05