Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2 Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What are the similarities that Plutarch found between Sertorius and Eumenes?

Plutarch discovered that Sertorius and Emenes both were born for command, for war and for strategy, both were banished from their countries, held command over strangers and both were murdered by those that served them.

2. What kind of commander did Plutarch consider Sertorius to be, and where did he fight and defeat Pompey?

Sertorius was a firm and fair commander and he fought and defeated Pompey in Spain.

3. How did Plutarch claim Eumenes caught the attention of Philip?

Eumenes caught the attention of Philip by showing to be a skillful, intelligent, and brave wrestler.

4. What did Plutarch identify as the difference between Eumenes and Sertorius in their approach to war?

Eumenes differed from Sertorius in that Eumenes loved war and conflict, but Sertorius always aimed for peace.

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