Plutarch

Plutarch

by Robert Lamberton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300088116

ISBN-13: 9780300088113

Pub. Date: 01/11/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

Written around the year 100, Plutarch's Lives have shaped perceptions of the accomplishments of the ancient Greeks and Romans for nearly two thousand years. This engaging and stimulating book introduces both general readers and students to Plutarch's own life and work.

Robert Lamberton sketches the cultural context in which Plutarch worked-Greece under Roman

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Written around the year 100, Plutarch's Lives have shaped perceptions of the accomplishments of the ancient Greeks and Romans for nearly two thousand years. This engaging and stimulating book introduces both general readers and students to Plutarch's own life and work.

Robert Lamberton sketches the cultural context in which Plutarch worked-Greece under Roman rule-and discusses his family relationships, background, education, and political career. There are two sides to Plutarch: the most widely read source on Greek and Roman history and the educator whose philosophical and pedagogical concerns are preserved in the vast collection of essays and dialogues known as the Moralia. Lamberton analyzes these neglected writings, arguing that we must look here for Plutarch's deepest commitment as a writer and for the heart of his accomplishment. Lamberton also explores the connection between biography and historiography and shows how Plutarch's parallel biographies served the continuing process of cultural accommodation between Greeks and Romans in the Roman Empire. He concludes by discussing Plutarch's influence and reputation through the ages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300088113
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/11/2002
Series:
Hermes Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
List of Abbreviations
1Plutarch's Present1
Plutarch in Context1
The Internal Autobiography2
The Reader, the Writer, and His Books12
Plutarch the Thinker26
Plutarch the Educator44
Plutarch the Priest at Delphi52
2Plutarch's Past60
The Project of the Parallel Lives60
The Lives and the Function of Biography69
The Mythic Limits of History74
Conquerors91
Heroes and Villains115
The Project in Retrospect143
3Between Past and Present: The Dialogues146
The Dialogue as a Genre146
The Delphic Dialogues155
The Face in the Moon172
Socrates' Sign179
4Plutarch's Readers188
App. 1The Works of Plutarch197
App. 2Translations and Select Bibliography211
Index215

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