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Ancient Greeks: Plutarch on Ailing Republics

Ancient Greeks: Plutarch on Ailing Republics

An imbalance between rich and poor
is the oldest and most fatal ailment
of all republics.

~ Plutarch

Plutarch, (born c. 45-50 bce—died c. 120-125 bce), was a Greek writer and philosopher. A prodigious and hugely influential writer, he is now most famous for his biographical works in his Parallel Lives which present an entertaining history of some of the most significant figures from antiquity.” ~ Ancient History Encyclopedia

READ MORE: Plutarch | Ancient History Encyclopedia

Human nature has not changed over the millennia.

The greed-need that leads to economic inequality is both a problem in the political sphere and a roadblock in our spiritual growth. In either situation, greed destroys peace.

The question is, do we learn from history?

Ancient Greek Wisdom  


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Robert A. Vella

    True, true, true! I’d add that an imbalance between rich and poor can be fatal to non-republics as well, just ask Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

  2. Animalista Untamed

    Unfortunately, your president isn’t well acquainted with Plutarch! x


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