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Plutarch

(Encyclopedia) Plutarch plo͞o´tärk [key], AD 46?–c.AD 120, Greek essayist and biographer, b. Chaeronea, Boeotia. He traveled in Egypt and Italy, visited Rome (where he lectured on…

Plutarch

Plutarch is the most famous biographer of the ancient world and the author of a famous collection now known as Plutarch's Lives. Plutarch's original title was Parallel Lives of Famous Greeks and…

Coriolanus

(Encyclopedia) Coriolanus (Gnaeus Marcius Coriolanus) kôr˝ēəlā´nəs [key], Roman patrician. He is said to have derived his name from the capture of the Volscian city Corioli. According…

Holland, Philemon

(Encyclopedia) Holland, Philemon, 1552–1637, English translator and scholar. Educated at Cambridge, he became director of the free school in Coventry, where he also practiced medicine.…

Amyot, Jacques

(Encyclopedia) Amyot, Jacques zhäk ämyō´ [key], 1513–93, French humanist, translator of Heliodorus' Aethiopica (1547), of Longus' Daphnis and Chloë (1559), and…

Chaeronea

(Encyclopedia) Chaeronea kĕrənē´ə [key], ancient town of Boeotia, Greece, in the Cephissus (now Kifisós) River valley and NW of Thebes. There the Athenians and Thebans were defeated (…

Calpurnia

(Encyclopedia) Calpurnia kălpûr´nēə [key], d. after 44 BC, Roman matron. The daughter of Lucius Calpurnicus Piso Caesoninus (see under Piso , family), she was married to Julius…

North, Sir Thomas

(Encyclopedia) North, Sir Thomas, 1535?–1601?, English translator. He is famous for his translation of Plutarch, entitled Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans (1579), which he…

Draco

(Encyclopedia) Draco drā´kō [key] or Dracon drā´kŏn [key], fl. 621 BC, Athenian politician and law codifier. Of his codification of Athenian customary law only the section…

anecdote

(Encyclopedia) anecdote ăn´ĭkdōt˝ [key], brief narrative of a particular incident. An anecdote differs from a short story in that it is unified in time and space, is…