Brill's Companion to the Reception of Plutarch


The Greek biographer and philosopher Plutarch of Chaeronea (c. 45-125 AD) makes a fascinating case-study for reception studies not least because of his uniquely extensive and diverse afterlife. Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Plutarch offers the first comprehensive analysis of Plutarch’s rich reception history from the Roman Imperial period through Late Antiquity and Byzantium to the Renaissance, Enlightenment and the modern era. The thirty-seven chapters that make up this volume, written by a remarkable line-up of experts, explore the appreciation, contestation and creative appropriation of Plutarch himself, his thought and work in the history of literature across various cultures and intellectual traditions in Europe, America, North Africa, and the Middle East.

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Sophia Xenophontos, DPhil (2011) Oxford, is a Lecturer in Classics at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests are in the Greek literature, philosophy and culture of the Roman Imperial period. She is the author of Ethical education in Plutarch: moralising agents and contexts (Berlin-Boston 2016) and of several articles and book chapters on practical ethics and the therapy of the emotions in post-Hellenistic philosophical writings. Another strand of her research is the reception of the Greek ethical tradition (especially Plutarch and Aristotle) in late Byzantium and the Enlightenment. Her current book project is on Galen’s works of popular philosophy and their interplay with his medical theory and practice. She is also preparing the editio princeps for George Pachymeres’ Commentary on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.
Katerina Oikonomopoulou, DPhil (2007) Oxford, is Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek Literature at the University of Patras. Her research focuses on Graeco-Roman imperial literature and culture, especially on miscellanistic and encyclopaedic writing, science, medicine and the symposium. Her publications include numerous article-length studies in the above topics and the co-edited volumes The Philosopher’s Banquet: Plutarch’s Table Talk in the Intellectual Culture of the Roman Empire (with Frieda Klotz, OUP 2011) and Space, Time and Language in Plutarch (with Aristoula Georgiadou, De Gruyter 2017).

Contributors are: Eran Almagor, Arkadiy Avdokhin, Francesco Becchi, Paul Bishop, Mauro Bonazzi, Michele Curnis, Aileen Das, Eudoxia Delli, Miryana Dimitrova, Christopher Edelman, Stephanos Efthymiadis, † Françoise Frazier, Michael Grünbart, Olivier Guerrier, Isobel Hurst, Katarzyna Jażdżewska, Theofili Kampianaki, Frieda Klotz, Pauline Koetschet, Florin Leonte, Michele Lucchesi, Francesco Manzini, Sébastien Morlet, András Németh, Katerina Oikonomopoulou, Marianne Pade, Aurelio Pérez Jiménez, Inmaculada Pérez Martín, Diether Roderich Reinsch, David Ricks, Alberto Rigolio, Geert Roskam, Thomas Schmidt, Elsa Giovanna Simonetti, Alicia Simpson, Fabio Stok, Maria Vamvouri Ruffy, Sophia Xenophontos
"This new companion to the reception of Plutarch is most welcome. The breadth of coverage in its thirty-seven chapters is unprecedented. (...) The depth of coverage is likewise unprecedented, for which it is all but required to have such a team of scholars to achieve this. (...) Some chapters are more synoptic, some more illustrative, some more engaging, but, as a set, the editors deserve praise for achieving their goal “to encourage further research” (6) in the reception of Plutarch. (...) The result is a set of studies as multifaceted and varied as the Plutarchan corpus itself." - Brad L. Cook, in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2020.08.17
"The volume’s most important achievement is clear: the advancement made with regard to Plutarch’s reception in Byzantium is spectacular and reflects the relatively recent burgeoning of Byzantine studies in terms of both methodology and available sources. [...] it is clear that this volume is leaps and bounds ahead of earlier scholarship both in the scope of material collected and in interpretative depth. Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Plutarch<7i> will undoubtedly stimulate further study of Plutarch’s reception, not only as a reference work, but also by inspiring new ways of approaching the rich afterlife of this unforgettable intellectual." - Bram Demulder, in: The Classical Review 71.2 350–352
List of Figures
Table of Latin Abbreviations of Titles of Plutarch’s Moralia with English Translation
Notes on Editors and Contributors
Note to the Reader

Katerina Oikonomopoulou and Sophia Xenophontos

part 1: The Early Fame

1 Plutarch in Macrobius and Athenaeus
Maria Vamvouri Ruffy

2 Plutarch in Gellius and Apuleius
Katerina Oikonomopoulou

3 Plutarch’s Reception in Imperial Graeco-Roman Philosophy
Mauro Bonazzi

4 Plutarch and Atticism: Herodian, Phrynichus, Philostratus
Katarzyna Jażdżewska

5 Plutarch and the Papyrological Evidence
Thomas Schmidt

part 2: Late Antiquity and Byzantium

6 Plutarch and Early Christian Theologians
Arkadiy Avdokhin

7 Plutarch in Christian Apologetics (Eusebius, Cyril, Theodoretus)
Sébastien Morlet

8 Plutarch and the Neoplatonists: Porphyry, Proclus, Simplicius
Elsa Giovanna Simonetti

10 On Donkeys, Weasels and New-Born Babies, or What Damascius Learned from Plutarch
Geert Roskam

11 Plutarch in Stobaeos
Michele Curnis

12 The Reception of Plutarch in Constantinople in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries
András Németh

13 The Reception of Plutarch in Michael Psellos’ Philosophical, Theological and Rhetorical Works: an Elective Affinity
Eudoxia Delli

14 Plutarch in Michael Psellos’ Chronographia
Diether Roderich Reinsch

15 Plutarch and Zonaras: from Biography to a Chronicle with a Political Leaning
Theofili Kampianaki

16 Plutarch in Twelfth-Century Learned Culture
Michael Grünbart

17 Precepts, Paradigms and Evaluations: Niketas Choniates’ Use of Plutarch
Alicia Simpson

18 Maximos Planoudes and the Transmission of Plutarch’s Moralia
Inmaculada Pérez Martín

19 Plutarch and Theodore Metochites
Sophia Xenophontos

20 Plutarch’s Reception in the Work of Nikephoros Xanthopoulos
Stephanos Efthymiadis

21 Plutarch and Late Byzantine Intellectuals (c. 1350–1460)
Florin Leonte

part 3: Other Medieval Cultures

22 Plutarch in the Syriac Tradition: a Preliminary Overview
Alberto Rigolio

23 Para-Plutarchan Traditions in the Medieval Islamicate World
Aileen Das and Pauline Koetschet

part 4: Renaissance

24 Leonardo Bruni and Plutarch
Marianne Pade

25 Plutarch and Poliziano
Fabio Stok

26 Plutarch’s French Translation by Amyot
Françoise Frazier and Olivier Guerrier

27 The First Editions of Plutarch’s Works, and the Translation by Thomas North
Michele Lucchesi

28 Humanist Latin Translations of the Moralia
Francesco Becchi

29 Plutarch and Montaigne
Christopher Edelman

30 Taking Centre Stage: Plutarch and Shakespeare
Miryana Dimitrova

part 5: Enlightenment and the Modern Age

31 Plutarch from Voltaire to Stendhal
Francesco Manzini

32 Plutarch and Goethe
Paul Bishop

33 Plutarch and Adamantios Koraes
Sophia Xenophontos

34 Plutarch and the Victorians
Isobel Hurst

35 Plutarch and Cavafy
David Ricks

36 Plutarch in American Literature: Emerson and Other Authors
Frieda Klotz

37 Plutarch’s Fortune in Spain
Aurelio Pérez Jiménez

38 A Sage and a Kibbutznik: Plutarch in Modern Hebrew Literature and Culture
Eran Almagor

Index Rerum et Nominum
Index Locorum
All interested in the reception of the classical literature especially ancient biography and philosophy, and anyone concerned with Plutarch and/or his afterlife.
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