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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 Roman…

Bucephalus

Bucephalus was the favorite horse of world-beating Macedonian Alexander the Great. According to the historian Plutarch, as a boy Alexander tamed the wild Bucephalus by turning his head towards the sun…

Marc Antony

Latin name: Marcus AntoniusAntony was a daring general in the army of Julius Caesar who rose to become one of Caesar's closest colleagues. After Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C., Antony jumped into …

Part III. Letters of Cato

AbstractAnother early series of articles criticizing the proposed Constitution were published in the New York Journal under the pseudonym "Cato", in honor of the Roman defender of republican v…

Brewer's: Awkward

French, gauche, not dexterous. Awk means the left hand. Hence in Holland's Plutarch we have “The awke or left hand”; and again, “They receive her awkly when she presenteth…

Brewer's: Boeotian

A rude, unlettered person, a dull blockhead. The ancient Boeotians loved agricultural and pastoral pursuits, so the Athenians used to say they were dull and thick as their own atmosphere; y…

Brewer's: Cheronean

[ch=k]. The Cheronean Sage. Plutarch, who was born at Chaerone'a, in Boeotia (46-120). “This phrase, O Cheronean sage, is thine.” Beattie: Minstrel. Source: Dictionary of Ph…

Brewer's: Fool or Physician at Forty

Plutarch tells us that Tiberius said “Every man is a fool or his own physician at forty.” (Treatise on the Preservation of Health.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. …

Brewer's: Ismenias

A Theban musician of whom Atheas, King of the Scythians, declared, “I liked the music of Ismenias better than the braying of an ass.” (Plutarch.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase …