Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Hardcover | January 18, 2015

byPhilip A. Stadter

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Plutarch's focus on the great leaders of the classical world, his anecdotal style, and his self-presentation as a good-natured friend and wise counsellor have appealed over the centuries to a wide audience, persons as diverse as Beethoven and Benjamin Franklin, Shakespeare and Harry Truman.This collection of essays on Plutarch's Parallel Lives examines the moral issues Plutarch recognized behind political leadership, and relates his writings to the audience of leading generals and administrators of the Roman empire which he aimed to influence, and to the larger social and politicalcontext of the reigns of the Flavian emperors and their successors, Nerva and Trajan, during which he wrote. The essays explore Plutarch's considered views on how his contemporaries could - and we ourselves can - learn from the successes and failures of the great men of the past.

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Plutarch's focus on the great leaders of the classical world, his anecdotal style, and his self-presentation as a good-natured friend and wise counsellor have appealed over the centuries to a wide audience, persons as diverse as Beethoven and Benjamin Franklin, Shakespeare and Harry Truman.This collection of essays on Plutarch's Parall...

Philip A. Stadter is Eugene H. Falk Professor in the Humanities Emeritus in the Classics Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:404 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:January 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I: Two Worlds - or One?1. Friends or Patrons?2. Plutarch's Lives and their Roman Readers3. Revisiting Plutarch's Lives of the Caesars4. Plutarch: Diplomat for Delphi?5. Plutarch and Apollo of Delphi6. Drinking, Table Talk, and Plutarch's Contemporaries7. Leading the Party, Leading the City: the Symposiarch as PolitikosPart II: Writing for Romans8. Before Pen Touched Paper: Plutarch's preparations for the Parallel Lives9. Plutarch's Latin Reading: Cicero's Lucullus and Horace's Epistle 1.610. Plutarchan Prosopography: the Cursus honorum11. Plutarch and Trajanic Ideology12. The Justice of Trajan in Pliny Epistles 10 and Plutarch13. Plutarch's Alexandrias14. The Philosopher's Ambition: Plutarch, Arrian, and Marcus AureliusPart III: Statesmen as Models and Warnings15. Plutarch's Lives: the Statesman as Moral Actor16. The Rhetoric of Virtue in Plutarch's Lives17. Mirroring Virtue in Plutarch's Lives18. Paidagogia pros to theion: Plutarch's Numa19. Paradoxical Paradigms: Plutarch's Lysander and Sulla20. Competition and its Costs: and#x03A6;and#x03B9;and#x03BB;and#x03BF;and#x03BD;and#x03B9;and#x03BA;and#x03AF;and#x0061; in Plutarch's Society and Heroes21. Parallels in Three DimensionsPart IV: Post-Classical Reception22. Cato the Younger in the English Enlightenment: Addison's Rewriting of Plutarch23. Alexander Hamilton's Notes on Plutarch in his Paybook24. Should we Imitate Plutarch's Heroes?BibliographyIndex of Plutarchan passagesIndex of names and topics