Essays on Plutarchs Lives by Barbara Scardigli

Essays on Plutarchs Lives

EditorBarbara Scardigli

Hardcover | April 1, 1987

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This volume brings together the work of a wide range of international scholars on the most important themes in Plutarch's Greek and Roman Lives. It includes contributions on Plutarch's life and cultural milieu; his methodology; on the chronological order of composition and the cross-referencesfrom one Life to another; on the possibility that several biographies were edited simultaneously; on the methods Plutarch adopted to summarise his own reading and research; on the choice of subjects and of sources; on his compositional techniques; and on the criteria for selecting the Greek andRoman pairs. An introduction discusses the traditions of historiography which influenced Plutarch, and the background to Greco-Roman biography, analysing Plutarch's sources and assessing how he used them. At the cusp between literature, philosophy, and history, Plutarch's biographies are of uniqueinterest to scholars interested in all aspects of the ancient world.

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Barbara Scardigli is at University of Sienna.

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Title:Essays on Plutarchs LivesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:410 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.1 inPublished:April 1, 1987Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198140762

ISBN - 13:9780198140764

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`This collection brings together into one volume some of the most important works in English on Plutarch's Lives from the last three decades. The decision to publish this book must be applauded: it brings together in one place articles which were previously scattered. The index locorum willprove particularly useful.'Tim Duff, University of Reading, The Classical Review, Vol. XLVI, No. 2, '96