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Author Stadter, Philip A., author

Title Plutarch and his Roman readers / Philip A. Stadter
Edition First edition
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015


Description 1 online resource (x, 394 pages)
Contents Introduction Part I: Two Worlds -- or One? -- Friends or Patrons? -- Plutarch's Lives and their Roman Readers -- Revisiting Plutarch's Lives of the Caesars -- Plutarch: Diplomat for Delphi? -- Plutarch and Apollo of Delphi -- Drinking, Table Talk, and Plutarch's Contemporaries -- Leading the Party, Leading the City: the Symposiarch as Politikos -- Part II: Writing for Romans -- Before Pen Touched Paper: Plutarch's preparations for the Parallel Lives -- Plutarch's Latin Reading: Cicero's Lucullus and Horace's Epistle 1.6 -- Plutarchan Prosopography: the Cursus honorum -- Plutarch and Trajanic Ideology -- The Justice of Trajan in Pliny Epistles 10 and Plutarch -- Plutarch's Alexandrias -- The Philosopher's Ambition: Plutarch, Arrian, and Marcus Aurelius -- Part III: Statesmen as Models and Warnings -- Plutarch's Lives: the Statesman as Moral Actor -- The Rhetoric of Virtue in Plutarch's Lives -- Mirroring Virtue in Plutarch's Lives -- Paidagogia pros to theion: Plutarch's Numa -- Paradoxical Paradigms: Plutarch's Lysander and Sulla -- Competition and its Costs: Zlnrplmίa in Plutarch's Society and Heroes -- Parallels in Three Dimensions -- Part IV: Post-Classical Reception -- Cato the Younger in the English Enlightenment: Addison's Rewriting of Plutarch -- Alexander Hamilton's Notes on Plutarch in his Paybook -- Should we Imitate Plutarch's Heroes?
Summary 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 political context 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. -- Dust jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 18, 2015)
Subject Plutarch. Lives.
Plutarch -- Criticism and interpretation
Plutarch -- Appreciation -- Italy
SUBJECT Lives (Plutarch) fast
Subject HISTORY -- Ancient -- Greece.
Art appreciation
Languages & Literatures.
Greek & Latin Languages & Literatures.
Greece -- Biography -- History and criticism
Rome -- Biography -- History and criticism
Rome (Empire)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author UPSO eCollections (University Press Scholarship Online). MaRLi UPSO 2015 Collection
ISBN 9780191787638