Plutarch’s Lives is from MODG's 10th Grade Ancient History and Literature Curriculum.
Both volumes of Plutarch’s Lives introduce students to the prominent ancient tradition of biography, while also examining the meaning of virtue and morality. Plutarch tackles a question that is often asked in Mother of Divine Grace School, which is whether the actions of a person are praiseworthy or blameworthy. Plutarch models this process as he analyzes each famous life and explains why or why not they were a good example.
Reading Plutarch’s Lives also facilitates discussion about pre-Christian ideas of a good and virtuous life versus the Catholic understanding of it. Readers will find both the differences and the similarities interesting, as they gain a better understanding of how classical thinkers influenced Catholic intellectual thought.
Recommended by Christina Murphy, MODG Alumni, Class of 2017