Plutarch: The Rise And Fall Of Athens

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Throughout Plutarch’s Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives, Plutarch elaborately writes about some of the most influential people in Greek history. All of these individuals at one or another during their lives, and after, were and will be remembered as innovators and testimonial examples of people who fought for what was right, beneficial to their people, and honorable till their very last breathe. The Greek heroes that I found to be of the highest view in regards to their societal influence are Thesues, Solon, and Themistocles. In my opinion these men possessed true attributes of leaders and true patriots that support the Great Person Theory, that these individuals, like many other Greek heroes, undoubtedly exerted a decisive impact of…show more content…
As like many of these individuals are portrayed throughout this book, Theseus is glorified and embellished with having a life of “Devine descent…combined with a keen intelligence and great physical strength.” (Plutarch 14). It is because of him that certain traditions originated such as Theseis. Plutarch writes: “It is still the custom for youths who were on the point of coming of age to…sacrifice to the gods some of their hair, which was then cut for the first time…and this type of tonsure was called Theseis in his memory.” (Plutarch 16) The figure was used as a moral example for others to follow. This is evident with the constant description of he own persona like this one during his journey to Athens: “It was in this spirit and with these thoughts that in his head that he set out resolved to do no wrong to any man, but to punish those who offered him violence.” (Plutarch 18) It was also said that he too was like normal people is the sense that he repeatedly referenced his cousin Hercules in deciding how to must just decisions, “..he followed Hercules’ example, for that hero always paid back those who offered him violence with the very same treatment that they had intended for him that they were forced to submit to a justice that was modeled on their own injustices.” (Plutarch 20) Above all contributions he made, I fell that one of the most influential and long lasting was his foundation of Democracy in Athens. “Aristotle says that he was the first ruler to incline towards democracy and give up the royal power.” (Plutarch 31). Although Theseus took part in many other accomplishments, his life would end in disgrace after being exiled by his people for bringing them war with the
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