A Commentary on Plutarchs Life of Agesilaos: Response to Sources in the Presentation of Character

Hardcover | October 1, 1997

Editor.. Plutarch, D. R. Shipley

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Shipley presents the first modern commentary on Plutarch's Life of Agesilaos (c.444-360 BC) together with the full Greek text and a bibliography. Plutarch's biographies have long been valued for their literary, philosophic, and historiographic content, and the Life of Agesilaos, king of Spartafor forty years after the Peloponnesian war, has special interest as an introduction to Greek history, society, and culture in the fourth century, a critical period that has received little attention in comparison with the fifth century in Athens. Internal problems in Sparta followed the accessionof Agesilaos: failures of hierarchical cohesion, unrest among social and subject groups, and division between aggressive and moderate foreign policies. Plato and Aristotle, Ephoros, Xenophon, Diodoros, and Nepos contributed variously to the knowledge and understanding of the period, and Plutarchcreated from their evidence -- and other sources -- an independent, penetrating, and balanced account of the character of those in power, and of Sparta, at their best and in decline.

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Shipley presents the first modern commentary on Plutarch's Life of Agesilaos (c.444-360 BC) together with the full Greek text and a bibliography. Plutarch's biographies have long been valued for their literary, philosophic, and historiographic content, and the Life of Agesilaos, king of Spartafor forty years after the Peloponnesian war...

Mestrius Plutarchus (c. 46-127), known in English as Plutarch, was a Greek historian, biographer, and essayist.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 8.43 × 5.43 × 1.38 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198150733

ISBN - 13:9780198150732

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`excellent study ... Shipley's extensive and insightful observations encompass an uncommonly broad range of matters interpretive, stylistic, lexical, literary, and historical ... Shipley's study will be of interest exclusively to Plutarchists and Greek historians, but for them it will be ofgreat and enduring value.'Hubert M. Martin, Religious Studies Review