Born in Chaeronea,
Boeotia, educated in Athens and travelling in Egypt and to Rome Plutarch was
to become one of the most prominent biographers and essayists of the ancient
He was an honorary citizen of Athens and was also a priest in Delphi and what we today would call a civil servant, and was considered a brilliant guide, teacher and philosopher by many of his time. He made two visits to Rome, where he held popular speeches. He highly disagreed with the lifestyles of the Romans, and returned to his home village.
From Plutarch we know many anecdotes about Alcibiades, the story of Isis and Osiris, Pythagoras family life and society, Lycurgos, Themistocles, Pausanias, Demosthenes, Diogenes, Alexander et.c. Plutarchs Syngrammata Ethica, or in Latin, Moralia, Morals, included advice for married couples, how to distinguish true friends and bring up children, how to restrain anger et.c
His Parallel Lives was a comparision of Greek and Roman personalities, comparing likes such as Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, Demosthenes and Cicero and so on. Plutarch enjoyed his last days with his big family and their happy life, surrounded by visitors and disciples.
"If we cease to grieve,
We may cease to remember"
Plutarch, Letter of Consolation to his Wife