Sunday, April 02, 2006


Our next session is devoted to Lycurgus, the legendary lawgiver of Sparta. Plutarch's Life, translated by Dryden, is here. As we are in the process of reading Exodus, it's worth considering the differences in how the entire matter of the Law is thought and rendered in Plutarch, versus how it comes into play in the books of Moses.

For further exploration: You might find Plutarch's parallel account of the Roman king, Numa Pompilius, of interest. He gave Rome certain of its key values and institutions, much as Lycurgus did with Sparta. If Plutarch's Life of Numa is too long, there's a useful brief account of his life and works on Wikipedia.

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