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Representing an extensive original survey of the ancient world’s preeminent biographer and historian by leading scholars from around the world, this companion gives readers a clear and concise overview of all major topics of study and a single comprehensive synthesis of Plutarch’s massive and diverse oeuvre.

Editor Mark Beck first outlines the history of research on Plutarch and discusses contemporary approaches to the study of the author. ...
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A Companion to Plutarch

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Overview

Representing an extensive original survey of the ancient world’s preeminent biographer and historian by leading scholars from around the world, this companion gives readers a clear and concise overview of all major topics of study and a single comprehensive synthesis of Plutarch’s massive and diverse oeuvre.

Editor Mark Beck first outlines the history of research on Plutarch and discusses contemporary approaches to the study of the author. The first section gives rich historical, political and cultural background information about life in the Imperial period, and the intellectual currents of the day, which contextualize Plutarch’s thought. The main section focuses on his various biographical projects and other major contributions, including Moralia and his magnum opus the Parallel Lives. Finally, the book investigates Plutarch’s reception from antiquity to the modern period, including his influence in France, and in England on Shakespeare.

A Companion to Plutarch offers a broad survey of the famous historian and biographer, for a coherent, comprehensive, and elegant presentation of Plutarch’s thought and influence.
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Meet the Author

Mark Beck is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches courses on Greek and Roman authors and classical civilization courses. He has published numerous articles and chapters on Plutarch and is the author of the forthcoming book, Understanding Classics: Plutarch (2012).
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors x

Acknowledgments xvii

Note on the Translations and Abbreviations xviii

Introduction: Plutarch in Greece 1
Mark Beck

Part I Plutarch in Context 11

1 Plutarch and Rome 13
Philip A. Stadter

2 Plutarch and the Second Sophistic 32
Thomas A. Schmitz

3 The Role of Philosophy and Philosophers in the Imperial Period 43
Michael Trapp

Part II Plutarch’s Moralia 59

4 Plutarch and Platonism 61
John Dillon

5 Plutarch, Aristotle, and the Peripatetics 73
Francesco Becchi (translated by Pia Bertucci)

6 Plutarch and the Stoics 88
Jan Opsomer

7 Plutarch and Epicureanism 104
Eleni Kechagia-Ovseiko

8 Plutarch and the Skeptics 121
Mauro Bonazzi (translated by Pia Bertucci)

9 Practical Ethics 135
Lieve Van Hoof

10 Political Philosophy 149
Christopher Pelling

11 Religion and Myth 163
Rainer Hirsch-Luipold (translated by Mark Beck)

12 Poetry and Education 177
Ewen Bowie

13 Love and Marriage 191
Georgia Tsouvala

14 The Sympotic Works 207
Frieda Klotz

15 Animals in Plutarch 223
Stephen T. Newmyer

16 Plutarch the Antiquarian 235
Pascal Payen (translated by Cara Welch)

Part III Plutarch’s Biographical Projects 249

17 The Lives of the Caesars 251
Aristoula Georgiadou

18 Plutarch’s Galba and Otho 267
Lukas de Blois

19 The Aratus and the Artaxerxes 278
Eran Almagor

20 The Project of the Parallel Lives: Plutarch’s Conception of Biography 292
Joseph Geiger

21 Kratein onomatôn: Language and Value in Plutarch 304
Alexei V. Zadorojnyi

22 Compositional Methods in the Lives 321
Luc Van der Stockt

23 The Prologues 333
Timothy E. Duff

24 Morality, Characterization, and Individuality 350
Anastasios G. Nikolaidis

25 Childhood and Youth 373
Carmen Soares (translated by Camila Alvahydo)

26 Death and Other Kinds of Closure 391
Craig Cooper

27 The Synkrisis 405
David H.J. Larmour

28 The Use of Historical Sources 417
Maria Teresa Schettino (translated by Pia Bertucci)

29 Tragedy and the Hero 437
Judith Mossman

30 The Philosopher-King 449
Bernard Boulet

31 The Socratic Paradigm 463
Mark Beck

32 Fate and Fortune 479
Frances B. Titchener

33 The Perils of Ambition 488
Françoise Frazier (translated by Cara Welch)

34 Sex, Eroticism, and Politics 503
Jeffrey Beneker

35 Philanthropy, Dignity, and Euergetism 516
Geert Roskam

Part IV The Reception of Plutarch 529

36 The Reception of Plutarch from Antiquity to the Italian Renaissance 531
Marianne Pade

37 The Renaissance in France: Amyot and Montaigne 544
Olivier Guerrier (translated by Cara Welch)

38 The Reception of Plutarch in France after the Renaissance 549
Françoise Frazier (translated by Cara Welch)

39 The Reception of Plutarch in Spain 556
Aurelio Pérez Jiménez

40 Shakespeare 577
Gordon Braden

41 The Post-Renaissance Reception of Plutarch in England 592
Judith Mossman

42 Plutarch and the Early American Republic 598
Carl J. Richard

Index 611

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