Bridges the gap between Plutarch Studies and Achaemenid Studies through analysis of key texts
This book addresses two historical mysteries. The first is the content and character of the fourth century BCE Greek works on the Persian Achaemenid Empire treatises called the Persica. The second is the method of work of the second century CE biographer Plutarch of Chaeronea (CE 45-120) who used these works to compose his biographies, in particular the Life of the Persian king Artaxerxes.
By dealing with both issues simultaneously, Almagor proposes a new way of approaching the two entangled problems, and offers a better understanding of both the portrayal of ancient Persia in the lost Persica works and the manner of their reception and adaptation nearly five hundred years later. Intended for both scholars and students of the Achaemenid Empire and Greek imperial literature, this book bridges the two worlds and two important branches of scholarship.
Builds a picture of the character and structure of the lost Persica works by Ctesias of Cnidus, Deinon of Colophon, Heracleides of Cyme
Shows how Plutarch used the Persica works in his Lives with a specific focus on Artaxerxes
Considers the depiction of famous figures such as Alexander the Great and Themistocles in Plutarch's works
About the Author
Eran Almagor is the author of papers and chapters on the history of the Achaemenid Empire, its image in Greek literature (Ctesias in particular), and on Greek Imperial writers, particularly Strabo and Josephus. Among his major interests are the writings of Plutarch, especially the Lives and the reception of antiquity in modern popular culture.
Table of Contents
2. Ctesias (a)
3. Ctesias (b)
4. Deinon (a)
5. Deinon (b)
6. Heracleides, Excursus: Charon of Lampsacus
Appendix I: Two Notes on the Cypriot War
Appendix II: Plutarch, the Persica and the Regum et Imperatorum Apophthegmata