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Putting the ‐viv‐ into ‘Convivial’: The Table Talk and the Lives

Christopher Pelling

in The Philosopher's Banquet: Plutarch's Table Talk in the Intellectual Culture of the Roman Empire

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199588954
eISBN:
9780191728907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588954.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Table Talk and the Parallel Lives were written around the same time and had the same dedicatee, Q. Sossius Senecio. Several topics are treated in both works, with closer contact with the Greek ... More


A Constancy Triptych: North’s Plutarch and the Roman Plays

Miles Geoffrey

in Shakespeare and the Constant Romans

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117711
eISBN:
9780191671050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117711.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter considers one indisputable source of the plays: Sir Thomas North's translation of Jacques Amyot's translation of Plutarch's Parallel Lives. In determining to what extent Shakespeare ... More


Before Pen Touched Paper: Plutarch’s Preparations for the Parallel Lives

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter presents a hypothetical reconstruction of the stages preliminary to Plutarch’s composition of one of the Roman Parallel Lives, distinguishing planning and research from the actual ... More


Introduction

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter gives an overview of the book's argument and contents, stressing Plutarch's moral interest in his biographies and his intended special readership of highly placed Roman administrators as ... More


Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Philip A. Stadter

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In his Parallel Lives, Plutarch presented to educated Greek and Roman readers, but especially to leading men of the Roman imperial administration, the moral issues he recognized behind political ... More


The Rhetoric of Virtue in Plutarch’s Lives

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0017
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter argues that Plutarch’s Lives were aimed directly at an audience of Plutarch’s contemporaries, especially powerful Roman administrators and ex-consuls, including Mestrius Florus, the ... More


Plutarch and the Sicilian tyrants

Claude Mossé

in Ancient Tyranny

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748621255
eISBN:
9780748651047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621255.003.0045
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Plutarch's Parallel Lives present exemplary lives of great men from the history of Greece and Republican Rome. Two of these Lives — those of Dion of Syracuse and Timoleon of Corinth — unfold against ... More


Parallels in Three Dimensions

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0021
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter argues that a set of Lives from the Roman civil war (Pompey, Caesar, Crassus, Cato Minor, Brutus, and Antony) and their corresponding parallel Greek lives (Agesilaus, Alexander, Nicias, ... More


The Synoptic Machine: Sino-Japanese and Greco-Roman Juxtapositions

Wiebke Denecke

in Classical World Literatures: Sino-Japanese and Greco-Roman Comparisons

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199971848
eISBN:
9780199346134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199971848.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

After exploring satire as a means for writers of younger literary cultures to appropriate and contest elements of the reference culture, this chapter explores a more frontal but less confrontational ... More


Density in Plutarch

G. O. Hutchinson

in Plutarch's Rhythmic Prose

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198821717
eISBN:
9780191860928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198821717.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The next move is to show that when rhythmic phrases are more densely packed together than usual, the passage calls for heightened attention. This illustrated from the climax of Plutarch’s Adversus ... More


Plutarchan Prosopography: The Cursus Honorum

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter reviews Plutarch’s unusual familiarity with the Roman senatorial career pattern, the cursus honorum. A Roman statesman was honoured according to the offices he had held, the victories he ... More


Introduction

Andrew Lintott

in Plutarch: Demosthenes and Cicero

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199699711
eISBN:
9780191745164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699711.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This introductory chapter begins with an overview Plutarch's works, particularly the one by which he is best known today, Parallel Lives. The Lives of Demosthenes and Cicero are an unusual pair in ... More


Plutarch’s Lives: The Statesman as Moral Actor

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0016
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter treats Plutarch’s creation of a genre of moral biography, based on a tension between his choice of statesmen famous for their political and military accomplishments and the presentation ... More


Friends or Patrons?

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers his most important friends, including Sosius Senecio and Mestrius Florus, who would also have been patrons. Under the influence of recent books on patronage in Flavian Rome, it ... More


Plutarch’s Latin Reading: Cicero’s Lucullus and Horace’s Epistle 1.6

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter argues that Plutarch’s knowledge of the Latin language, while imperfect (cf. Dem. 1–2), still allowed him to do extensive research in Roman historians, and even to read philosophical and ... More


Should we Imitate Plutarch’s Heroes?

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0024
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The final chapter reviews Plutarch’s reporting of good and bad traits and decisions in the Lives. The Lives work with two basic principles of Plutarchan psychology: first, every person can improve by ... More


Competition and its Costs: Φιλονικία‎ in Plutarch’s Society and Heroes

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0020
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Philonikia, or the desire to win, was a prominent feature of Greek and Roman civic life, as it is of our own. This chapter first establishes that Plutarch does not use two words alongside each other, ... More


Paradoxical Paradigms: Plutarch’s Lysander and Sulla

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0019
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In this chapter we see how in the pair Lysander and Sulla, Plutarch portrays two military leaders both of whom subdued Athens, but whose victories brought danger to their own cities. The treatment of ... More


Plutarch and Trajanic Ideology

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter compares the ideologies of government of Plutarch and of Pliny the Younger, setting the former’s thinking on leadership alongside Pliny’s restrained praise of the emperor Trajan in his ... More


Paidagôgia pros to theion: Plutarch’s Numa

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0018
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter looks at how Plutarch draws Numa as a philosopher-king who uses religion to awe and control his fierce Roman subjects, creating for a brief moment a land of peace and harmony before the ... More


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