Paul Cartledge

Corinth in Flames

Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece

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‘There is a tide in the affairs of men/Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune,’ Shakespeare’s Brutus remarks in Julius Caesar. The real Marcus Junius Brutus too had had good cause to note the vicissitudes of the fickle goddess Fortuna. He also knew something of Greece and the Greeks; indeed, according to his biographer, Plutarch, ‘there was practically no Greek philosopher with whom Brutus was unacquainted or unfamiliar’. But no amount of Greek philosophy could have saved him from going down to defeat and death in the civil war against the forces of Mark Antony at Philippi in Greece in 42 BC.

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