The Historian of Antiquity and the Art of Translation: Marginal Notes to a Translation of Plutarch’s Lives

Aleksander Wolicki


The author takes a close look at translating ancient texts from the viewpoint
of a historian. He explains why historians of Antiquity are usually against the very
idea of translating Greek and Latin literature. He then proceeds to argue that historical
knowledge is indispensable if a translation is to be rendered. This argument is supported
by a detailed analysis of the standard Polish translation of two biographies by Plutarch,
Life of Aristides and Life of Cimon.

Słowa kluczowe: translation, ancient Greek literature, Latin literature, historiography, Plutarch, Lives

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