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Plutarch, Alexander, and the Discovery of Naphtha

  title={Plutarch, Alexander, and the Discovery of Naphtha},
  author={D. Sansone},
  journal={Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies},
  • D. Sansone
  • Published 1980
  • History
  • Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies
P OPENS his Life of Alexander with a justly celebrated statement of the aims of the biographer. In contrast to the historian, the biographer is concerned solely with those incidents that reveal the virtues or vices of his subject. We should therefore be surprised to encounter an extended passage in the Life that is not motivated by a desire to illuminate Alexander's character. Yet in ch.35 Plutarch makes a lengthy digression on the nature of naphtha, occasioned by its discovery by Alexander's… Expand
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