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Topic: Ancient biographies

Ancient biographies are historical accounts of the lives of people in the ancient world, often written centuries after their subjects lived.

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The podcast episodes on Solon of Athens and Pythagoras both heavily rely on ancient biographies as primary sources of information about their respective subjects.

The episode on Solon of Athens discusses how the ancient biographies written by figures like Aristotle and Plutarch serve as the main sources of information about Solon's life and reforms, though these accounts may contain contradictory details and mythologized stories.

Similarly, the episode on Pythagoras explores the challenges of reconstructing an accurate biography of the ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician, as the surviving accounts are sparse and often filled with legends and myths that emerged centuries after his time.

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