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Title Plutarch's pragmatic biographies : lessons for statesmen and generals in The parallel lives / edited by Susan G. Jacobs
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2017]


Description 1 online resource
Series Columbia studies in the classical tradition ; Volume 43
Contents Intro; Contents; Acknowledgments; Sources and Abbreviations; List of Tables; Introduction; Part 1 Training the Politikos under Rome; Chapter 1 Plutarch and His Audience; 1.1 Plutarch's Concept of the Politikos; 1.2 Plutarch's Audience as Politikoi; 1.3 Political Careers Open to the Educated Elite; 1.4 Conclusion: Implications for Interpreting the Parallel Lives; Chapter 2 Pragmatic Literature for Statesmen and Generals; 2.1 Advice Literature; 2.2 Pragmatic History; 2.3 Individual Lives of Statesmen and Generals: Nepos and Plutarch
2.4 Conclusion: Implications for the Purpose of the Parallel LivesChapter 3 Didactic Agenda of the Parallel Lives: Insights from the Prologues and Synkriseis; 3.1 Statesmanship and Generalship in the Prologues; 3.2 Statesmanship in the Synkriseis; 3.3 Techniques for Reinforcing Pragmatic Lessons Across the Parallel Lives; 3.4 Conclusion: Didactic Agenda of the Parallel Lives as Pragmatic Biography; Part 2 Political and Military Leadership; Chapter 4 Pericles-Fabius Maximus; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Life of Pericles; 4.3 Life of Fabius Maximus; 4.4 Insights from the Synkrisis
Chapter 5 Coriolanus-Alcibiades5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Life of Coriolanus; 5.3 Life of Alcibiades; 5.4 Insights from the Synkrisis; Chapter 6 Agesilaus-Pompey; 6.1 Introduction; 6.2 Life of Agesilaus; 6.3 Life of Pompey; 6.4 Insights from the Synkrisis; Part 3 Ruling and Being Ruled; Chapter 7 Aemilius-Timoleon; 7.1 Introduction; 7.2 Life of Aemilius Paullus; 7.3 Life of Timoleon; 7.4 Insights from the Synkrisis; Chapter 8 Demetrius-Antony; 8.1 Introduction; 8.2 Life of Demetrius; 8.3 Life of Antony; 8.4 Insights from the Synkrisis; Chapter 9 Phocion-Cato Minor; 9.1 Introduction
9.2 Life of Phocion9.3 Life of Cato Minor; 9.4 Insights from Analyzing Differences; Chapter 10 Conclusion; 10.1 Plutarch's Project in the Parallel Lives; 10.2 Applying the Exempla; 10.3 Reception of the Lives as Pragmatic Biography in the Western Classical Tradition; 10.4 "Pragmatic Biography" versus "Explorations of Issues of Virtue and Vice"; Bibliography; Index
Summary In Plutarch's Pragmatic Biographies , Susan Jacobs argues for a major revision in how we interpret the Parallel Lives. She integrates the existing focus on moral issues into the much broader paradigm of effective leadership found in Plutarch's Moralia. There, in addition to moral virtue, the successful leader needed good critical judgment, persuasiveness and facility in managing alliances and rivalries. The analysis of six sets of Lives shows how Plutarch carefully portrayed Greek and Roman leaders of the past assessing situations and solving problems that paralleled those faced by his politically-active audience. By linking victories and defeats to specific strategic insights and practical skills, Plutarch created "pragmatic biographies" that could instruct statesmen and generals of every era
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Plutarch. Lives.
SUBJECT Lives (Plutarch) fast
Subject Biography as a literary form.
biographies (literary works)
biography (general genre)
Biography as a literary form
Greece -- Biography -- History and criticism
Rome -- Biography -- History and criticism
Rome (Empire)
Genre/Form Biographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Jacobs, Susan G., editor
LC no. 2017043953
ISBN 9004276610