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What would Plato have done?

Christopher Krebs: Plutarch’s Lives

28 June 2017
The Age of Caesar: Five Roman Lives 
by Plutarch, translated by Pamela Mensch.
Norton, 393 pp., £28, March 2017, 978 0 393 29282 4
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... about how the state should be run, how democracy and liberty might be preserved, while the demands of empire and security were met’. Plutarch uses the term kakopoliteia to describe the mayhem; PamelaMensch translates it well as a ‘sorry state of government’. All five of Plutarch’s characters tried (and failed) to redress it. All five died violent deaths, from stabbing and decapitation to ...

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