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Author Kingston, Rebecca, author.

Title Plutarch's prism : classical reception and public humanism in France and England, 1500-1800 / Rebecca Kingston
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2022


Description 1 online resource (xii, 444 pages)
Series Ideas in context
Ideas in context.
Summary "Throughout the early modern period, political theorists in France and England drew on the works of Plutarch to offer advice to kings and princes. Elizabeth I herself translated Plutarch in her later years, while Jacques Amyot's famous translations of Plutarch's The Parallel Lives led to the wide distribution of his work and served as a key resource for Shakespeare in the writing of his Roman plays, through Sir Thomas North's English translations. Rebecca Kingston's new study explores how Plutarch was translated into French and English during the Renaissance and how his works were invoked in political argument from the early modern period into the eighteenth century, contributing to a tradition she calls 'public humanism.' This book traces the shifting uses of Plutarch in the Enlightenment, leading to the decline of this tradition of 'public humanism.' Throughout, the importance of Plutarch's work is highlighted as a key cultural reference and for its insight into important aspects of public service"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 03, 2022)
Subject Plutarch -- Translations into French -- History and criticism
Plutarch -- Translations into English -- History and criticism
Plutarch -- Influence
Politics and literature -- France -- History
Politics and literature -- England -- History
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Politics and literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Literary criticism
Literary criticism.
Critiques littéraires.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2022033167
ISBN 9781009243490