Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2 - Study Guide Phocion Summary & Analysis

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Phocion was an Athenian statesman and general at the time of the ascent of the Macedonian kingdom. He was considered an honest man and lived an austere life despite his high position as the virtual ruler of Athens. Plutarch describes him as a stern-looking man who was never seen to laugh or cry, but who maintained a steady temperament.

Phocion gained a reputation of being an excellent commander and was repeatedly elected by the Athenians to lead their forces into battle, even though he never campaigned for the appointments and always spoke in favor of peace. In the Athenian assembly, Phocion was often contrary and spoke severely to those he disagreed with, yet, Plutarch remarks, he was courteous and kind in general conversation.

Phocion was successful in defeating Macedonian forces at Euboea and Byzantium and gained the respect of Philip, the King of Macedon. Phocion...

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