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.

Check out these great offers!

eBook List price

EUR 198,00 €USD 238,00 $

Note biographique

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.


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

Index Card