|Blackie edition, North’s translation – these are most often recommended in the PNEU programmes (actual sweet size)|
I will admit that Plutarch is probably our most challenging reading in our school. I should say “my” most challenging reading – not my children. They really do rise to the occasion, taking in what they need and then getting quite accustomed to the Elizabethan writing.
Plutarch is another case of “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” It’s an accumulated knowledge that only begins to show itself after quite a few lives have been read. But, and this is a very big “but”, one of the most important reasons that we read Plutarch is that this reading often is where they are getting their ancient history knowledge. While occasionally other texts are used, with Plutarch our children are learning their ancient history strand in a Mason education. Pair that with the lessons in personal conduct, magnanimity, and government that Plutarch teaches and Charlotte Mason’s aims for citizenship are realized in her unique and original way.
Which life to begin with? I recommend starting with a name you recognize. Try Julius Caesar, Alexander, or Pericles. Remember, all lives are not created equal – some are more interesting, some are more humorous, some are more historically significant, some are more entertaining, and some are much shorter than others (Timoleon comes to mind.)
We are starting school here this week. Part III will address editions and favorite resources. Are you ready to take the plunge into Plutarch? This fall, I will be teaching Plutarch to our TBG Community! I can’t wait to tell you about how that goes.
May all your goings be graces,