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Beth Ludwick 589-16-7528 21701 EUH3411Turner Contrast of Plutarchs Lives of Sulla and Caesar An interesting but dramatic understanding of roman history can be reached by analyzing the differences in the Lives of Sulla and Caesar specifically the effect and uses of money during their rise to power Plutarchs writings give insight on not only those great men but on Plutarch himself The use of money either for bribery compensation of soldiers or public displays was instrumental in both mens lives Sullas greediness and love of vulgarity is characterized as well as Caesars generosity towards supporters who were running for office Sulla rejected his hereditary poverty and flaunted his wealth in lewd ways while Caesars noble beginnings are shown by his more stylish way of handling financial matters Analysis of any of Plutarchs works must be qualified by the idea that he is not a historian but had an in depth knowledge of ancient history that he presupposes his readers to have Scardigli 67 His accounts have more to do with character and morals than with historical significance Since he lived and wrote after these events had taken place he had no particular agenda to fulfill As said by Plutarch So very difficult a matter it is to trace and find out the truth of anything by history when on one hand those who afterwards write it find long periods of time intercepting their view and on the other hand the contemporary records of any actions and lives partly through envy and illwill partly through favour and flattery pervert and distort the truth Fuller II This quote generally summarizes his attitude towards actual chronological history He was more interested in the drama of each individuals success or failure Plutarch 8 With regard to this connections can be found between Sullas failures and immorality with his use of his monetary gains Plutarch illustrates his views on Sullas greediness with his immediate mention of Rufinus
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