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Plutarch, 46-120 CE, Greek historian, philosopher, and biographer.

Plutarch's most famous work is the Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, usually known simply as the Lives. They comprise, in all, forty-six biographies of Greek and Roman statesmen and thinkers who are paired to emphasize similarities that span their respective cultures and historical eras. In their emphasis on morality as the central issue in both biography and history, Plutarch's Lives constituted a source-book for British writers from the sixteenth century on. They were an essential element in the traditional classical education of young men.