Plutarch's Lives


Plutarch was born in Chaeroneia, Boetia in 46 AD to a wealthy family. He studied mathematics and philosophy at the Academy of Athens at the age of 20. For many years he served as a priest at the temple of Apollo at Delphi [2]. Because of his wealth, he was an important political figure in his hometown of Chaeronia. In 69 AD Plutarch became a Romancitizen. His official Roman name was MestriusPlutarchus. In the 90s Plutarch returned to his hometown and settled there as mayor in order to revive the city which was in decline. Most of his work concerns moral treatises.
In the novel, the creaturefinds a satchel in the forest, containing three books: The Sorrows of Young Werther, by Goethe, Plutarch’s Lives, and Milton’s Paradise Lost. Each of these books advances the creature’s understanding.
“Plutarch’s Lives,” or Parallel Lives” is a series of biographies of famous men and of war from the ancient Greek and Roman time period, arranged in tandem to illuminate their common moral virtues or failings, written in the late 1st century.
Parallel Lives influence's Shelley's ideas about human nature and what it means to live in a civilization that feeds upon immorality.From Plutarch's Lives, the creature derives what he calls ‘high thoughts’ and discovers that, through the processes of his mind and the examples of great lives of other men, he is able to be “elevated...above the wretched sphere” (156) of his own reflection. Plutarch Lives teaches the creature about human society and the vicious nature of some of histories men. The creature develops a critical insight into his own life as “Plutarch’s Lives” is not only a historical work but also a series of character studies which reveals a person’s morality. Thisinspired his hope for civilization.