The Dynamics of Intertextuality in Plutarch


The Dynamics of Intertextuality in Plutarch explores the numerous aspects and functions of intertextual links both within the Plutarchan corpus itself (intratextuality) and in relation with other authors, works, genres or discourses of Ancient Greek literature (interdiscursivity, intergenericity) as well as non-textual sources (intermateriality). Thirty-six chapters by leading specialists set Plutarch within the framework of modern theories on intertextuality and its various practical applications in Plutarch’s Moralia and Parallel Lives. Specific intertextual devices such as quotations, references, allusions, pastiches and other types of intertextual play are highlighted and examined in view of their significance for Plutarch’s literary strategies, argumentative goals, educational program, and self-presentation.

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Thomas Schmidt is Professor of Classics at the University of Fribourg. His publications include Plutarque et les barbares (1999) and Perceptions of the Second Sophistic and its Times (2011). He is currently preparing the Budé edition of the fragments of Plutarch’s works.
Maria Vamvouri teaches Ancient Greek at the Gymnasium Auguste Piccard in Lausanne. She is the author of monographs on Greek Hymns (Kernos 2004) and on Plutarch’s banquet (Belles Lettres 2012). Her new book is a commented edition of Yannis Ritsos’ translation of Sophocles’ Antigone (Kedros 2020).
Rainer Hirsch-Luipold is Professor of New Testament and History of Ancient Religions, Faculty of Theology, University of Bern, and Extraordinary Professor, University of Stellenbosch (SA), Department of Ancient Studies. Publications include Plutarchs Denken in Bildern. Studien zur literarischen, philosophischen und religiösen Funktion des Bildhaften (Tübingen, 2002).

Contributors are: Eran Almagor, Stefano Amendola, Mark Beck, Frederick E. Brenk, Brad Buszard, Chrysanthos S. Chrysanthou, Craig Cooper, Philip Davies, Timothy E. Duff, José-Antonio Fernández-Delgado, Delfim F. Leão, Lucy E. Fletcher, Olivier Gengler, Chandra Giroux, Christina Harker, Rainer Hirsch-Luipold, Gennaro D’Ippolito, Susan Jacobs, Katarzyna Jazdzewska, Argyri G. Karanasiou, Anna Lefteratou, Michiel Meeusen, Michael Nerdahl, Christopher Pelling, Aurelio Pérez Jiménez, Eleni Plati, Francisca Pordomingo, Geert Roskam, Alessio Ruta, Elsa Giovanna Simonetti, Philip A. Stadter, Fabio Tanga, Theofanis Tsiampokalos, Maria Vamvouri, Paola Volpe Cacciatore, Andrew Worley, Alexei V. Zadorojnyi.
"In conclusione, il volume rappresenta un contributo significativo agli studi su Plutarco, in particolare per quello che riguarda gli aspetti letterari della sua vasta produzione. La metodologia adottata si rivela duttile e capace di illuminare aspetti poco frequentati del corpus plutarcheo, rifuggendo in generale dal rischio di una eccessiva schematicità. [...] Il risultato è una panoramica esaustiva, intelligente e aggiornata rispetto al tema dell’intertestualità in Plutarco, nonché uno strumento facilmente consultabile per chi volesse approfondire le singole sfaccettature del problema nel complesso del corpus plutarcheo." Francesco Padovani, BMCR 2021.02.37.
List of Figures and Tables
Abbreviations of Plutarch’s Works

Introduction: Plutarch and the Academic Reader
Maria Vamvouri

Part 1 Defining Intertextuality in Plutarch

1 Intertextuality in Plutarch: What’s the Point?
Christopher Pelling

2 Hearing Voices: φωνή and Intertextual Orality in Plutarch
Alexei V. Zadorojnyi

3 Forms and Functions of Intratextuality in Plutarch’s Corpus
Gennaro D’Ippolito

Part 2 Intertextuality at Work

4 Voices from the Past: Quotations and Intertextuality in Plutarch’s The Oracles at Delphi
Frederick E. Brenk

5 Homer as a Model for Plutarchan Advice on Good Governance
José-Antonio Fernández-Delgado

6 Pericles and Athens: An Intertextual Reading of Plutarch and Thucydides
Mark Beck

7 Plutarch’s and Xenophon’s Sparta: Intra- and Intertextual Relations in the Spartan Lives
Olivier Gengler

8 The Mechanics of Intertextuality in Plutarch
Timothy E. Duff

9 Shrieking Volumes: Plutarch’s Use of the Ath.Pol. as Intertextual Bridge between Athens and Rome
Andrew Worley

10 How to Do Things with Hellenistic Historiography: Plutarch’s Intertextual Use(s) of Polybius
Eran Almagor

11 “Let Us Make the Most of What They Offer Us”: Different Layers of Intertextuality in Plutarch’s Non posse suaviter vivi secundum Epicurum
Geert Roskam

12 The Encounter between Roman Virtue and Platonism in Plutarch’s Cato the Elder
Michael Nerdahl

13 Plutarch’s Theseus-Romulus and the Murder of Remus
Brad Buszard

Part 3 Intratextuality and the Plutarchan Corpus

14 Heroes Imitating Heroes: Ethical and Pragmatic Intratextuality in the Parallel Lives
Susan Jacobs

15 Ejemplos de responsio gramatical en el Teseo-Rómulo de Plutarco
Aurelio Pérez Jiménez

16 Reading Plutarch through Plutarch (?): De sera numinis vindicta and the Commentary on Hesiod’s Erga
Stefano Amendola

17 Demetrius of Phalerum in Plutarch: A Multimodal Expression of Intertextuality and Intratextuality
Delfim F. Leão

18 “As Each Came to Mind”: Intertextualizing Plutarch’s Mentality of Intricacy in the Table Talk and Questions
Michiel Meeusen

19 Un ‘galateo’ intestestuale del simposio: le raccomandazioni di Plutarco personaggio dei Moralia
Paola Volpe Cacciatore

Part 4 Through the Lens of Interdiscursivity

20 Sympotic Intertextuality in Plutarch’s Maxime cum principibus philosopho esse disserendum
Craig Cooper

21 Aesopic Wisdom in Plutarch
Philip A. Stadter

22 Plutarch’s Proverbial Intertexts in the Lives
Alessio Ruta

23 Who Is the Best Prophet? The ‘Manifold’ Character of a Quotation in Plutarch
Elsa Giovanna Simonetti

24 Aspetti e funzioni dell’intertestualità nei De tuenda sanitate praecepta di Plutarco
Fabio Tanga

25 Medical Allusions and Intertext of Physis in Plutarch’s Comp. Cim. et Luc. 2.7
Eleni Plati

Part 5 Intergenericity: Plutarch’s Works at the Crossroads

26 Generic and Intertextual Enrichment: Plutarch’s Alexander 30
Chrysanthos S. Chrysanthou

27 Intertextuality Across Paired Lives: Plutarch’s Nicias-Crassus
Lucy E. Fletcher

28 Plutarch’s Less Tragic Heroes: Drama and Epic in the Pelopidas
Anna Lefteratou

29 From Inter-textuality to Inter-mediality: Plutarch’s Lyric Quotations from Greek Tragedy
Argyri G. Karanasiou

30 Love in Many Dimensions: Hesiod and Empedocles in Plutarch’s Amatorius
Katarzyna Jazdzewska

31 Las Vitae de Plutarco y el epigrama
Francisca Pordomingo

32 Defining Rhetoric While Playing with Pre-texts: Some Aspects of Intertextuality in Plutarch’s Praecepta gerendae reipublicae 801C–D
Theofanis Tsiampokalos

Part 6 Beyond Text: Plutarch and Intermateriality

33 Plutarch’s Sparta: Intertextual and Experiential
Philip Davies

34 ὕλη θεολογίας: Religious Lore as Inter‘text’ in Plutarch’s Moralia
Rainer Hirsch-Luipold

35 The Power of Bones: An Intertextual and Intermaterial Reading of the Retrieval of Theseus’ Bones in Plutarch’s Life of Cimon
Chandra Giroux

36 Plutarch’s Intertextual References to Tattoos and Brands
Christina Harker

Index locorum
General index