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Parallel Lives

Parallel Lives
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DIG May/June 2017. A fiery orator who opposed a tyrannical king and demanded liberty or death… wait, are we talking about Demosthenes or Cicero or Patrick Henry?

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Title: Parallel Lives

Cover art by Lisa Fields

A fiery orator who opposed a tyrannical king and demanded liberty or death… wait, are we talking about Demosthenes or Cicero or Patrick Henry? The ancient Roman biographer Plutarch profiled great figures in Greek and Roman history in pairs to show how people in different times acted in similar circumstances.

This thought-provoking new issue of DIG takes Plutarch’s parallel lives from ancient history to the present, with famous figures from Aaron Burr to Sojourner Truth. Plutarch’s Lives made a big splash that has rippled throughout time—Shakespeare based his Roman plays on Plutarch, George Washington used his Life of Cato to boost his troops’ morale, and you might even recognize a reference to his name in The Hunger Games!

Enlightening articles include:

“Plutarch’s Parallel Lives” by Justin D. Lyons

“Demosthenes and Cicero” by Justin D. Lyons

“Patrick Henry and Sojourner Truth” by Eric Arnesen

“Pericles and Fabius” by Justin D. Lyons

“George Washington and Abigail Adams” by Eric Arnesen

“Alcibiades and Coriolanus” by Justin D. Lyons

“Aaron Burr and Rose O’Neal Greenhow” by Carolyn Fay

“Fulvia and Benazir Bhutto” by Regina Hansen

“Maecenas and Lorenzo de’ Medici” by Regina Hansen

“Socrates and Confucius” by Regina Hansen


The “Let’s Go Digging Section” focuses on ancient writing and what archaeologists can learn from it. Explore ruined libraries, get a glimpse of Roman graffiti, and pore over thousand-year-old texts!

“Let’s Write” by Angela Murock Hussein

“Paper Find” by Angela Murock Hussein

“Shhh…” by Angela Murock Hussein


Regular features include Maps, Fun With Words, The Calliope Chronicles, Interestingly, Fast Forward, What’s Wrong Here, Ask Away!, This & That, Off the Shelf/On the Net, In the Headlines, The Adventures of Dr. Dig, and Artifacts.