A Life Devoted to Plutarch: Philology, Philosophy, and Reception

Selected Essays by Paola Volpe Cacciatore


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Philology, philosophy, commentary and reception in Plutarch's work are only some of the main topics discussed within a large academic output devoted to the writer of Chaeronea by Professor Paola Volpe Cacciatore. The volume is divided into four sections: Plutarchean Fragments, Quaestiones convivales, Religion & Philosophy, and Plutarch's Reception from Humanism to Modern Times. The eighteen studies collected in this volume, originally published in Italian and here translated into English, concern the Corpus Plutarcheum, including Table-Talks, De Iside et Osiride, the treatises against the Stoics, De genio Socratis, De liberis educandis, De musica, and some Plutarchean fragments. The volume is a tribute to celebrate the lifelong study of Plutarch's work by Professor Paola Volpe Cacciatore, one of the most remarkable Plutarchean scholars of the last decades.

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Paola Volpe Cacciatore is Professor of Greek Language and Literature at the University of Salerno and current President of the International Plutarch Society. The themes of her research concern Plutarch’s Moralia, Greek tragedy, reception of Plutarchean work in the Humanism, revival of tragedy in modern and contemporary age. Some of her latest publications are L’eredità di Plutarco. Ricerche e proposte (Napoli 2004); Plutarco. Frammenti (ed.) (Napoli 2007); Gli scritti di Plutarco: tradizione, traduzione, ricezione, commento. Atti del IX Convegno Internazionale della International Plutarch Society (G. Pace & P. V. eds.) (Napoli 2013); Il dolore di Fedra tra passato e presente (Trieste 2014).
Serena Citro (Ph.D. in Classical Philology and Research Assistant at the University of Salerno and Universidade de Coimbra) takes part in International Conferences on Ancient Greek Language and Literature and is currently involved in Academic Research Projects. She has published many papers on Plutarch, especially on Regum et imperatorum apophthegmata.
Fabio Tanga (Ph.D. in Classical Philology, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Adjunct Professor and Research Assistant at the University of Salerno and Universidad de Málaga) takes part in Academic Research Projects and International Conferences on Ancient Greek Literature. He has published the volume: Plutarco. La virtù delle donne (Mulierum virtutes). Introduzione, testo critico, traduzione italiana e note di commento. Boston/Leiden: Brill ("Brill's Plutarch Studies" 3) 2019.
"The volume is rewarding to read, not only for the information and insights it provides, but also – or even primarily – for its historical potential. Many readers will benefit from the English translations, gaining access to V.C.’s work for the first time. In my own case, many of the essays were known to me before in their original versions, and I assume that this must also be true for many other readers of this review. Be that as it may, in the present volume, these essays are put in a new context, which allows, if not encourages, them to be read not merely in relation to the questions discussed in the individual essays, but more broadly as a testimony to V.C.’s scholarly dedication to Plutarchan studies over the last few decades. In other words, this book offers a window into the history of contemporary classical scholarship through the example of V.C., a woman who truly devoted her life to Plutarch." Theofanis Tsiampokalos, The Classical Review (2022) 1–3
"Dal libro emerge la figura di una studiosa rigorosa ed appassionata, che fa convergere sinergicamente esame filologico ed indagine antropologica nello studio di temi spesso complessi e di esegesi non univoca senza mai perdere sensibilità culturale e profondità di analisi linguistica, filosofica e letteraria. La raccolta in lingua inglese degli Scripta minora di Paola Volpe Cacciatore per ciò rappresenta, oltre che un sentito omaggio di una comunità di studiosi plutarchei ad una sua illustre componente e al suo operato durante vari lustri, un valido contributo alla conoscenza, in un più ampio consesso internazionale, di una serie di rilevanti studi plutarchei, alcuni dei quali hanno svolto un ruo lo pionieristico o cruciale nella storia degli studi dell’opera del Cheronese." Vicente Ramón and Fabio Tanga, Ploutarchos 19 (2022): 127
Preliminary Note
Articles Included in This Book and Their Original Place of Publication

Aurelio Pérez Jiménez

Part 1 Plutarch’s Fragments

1 Plutarch’s fr. 24 Sandbach

2 For the Understanding of a Lost Text

3 “Whatever Your Destiny, to Work Is Best:” Plutarch, fr. 44 Sandbach

4 Plutarch and the Commentary on Phaenomena of Aratus

5 The μεταβολή of the Soul (Frags. 177–178 Sandbach)

Part 2 Quaestiones convivales

6 Plutarch, Quaest. conv. 4.6: An Example of Religious Syncretism

7 “Cicalata sul fascino volgarmente detto jettatura:” Plutarch, Quaest. conv. 5.7

8 Plutarchus in Plutarcho: De primo frigido and Quaest. conv. 6.4–5

9 Quaest. conv. 6.8 on Bulimia: Plutarch’s Explanation for a Current Problem

Part 3 Religion & Philosophy

10 Plutarch’s δικαιοσύνη in the Writings against the Stoics

11 Is the God of the Stoics a Philanthropist?

12 Fate and Luck in Plutarch’s Works against the Stoics: An Unresolved Issue

13 The Justice of the Sage: Polemic of Plutarch against the Stoics

14 Plutarch’s De Iside et Osiride: A Reconciliation between Religion and Myth

Part 4 Plutarch’s Reception from Humanism to Modern Age

15 Reflections on the Translation of De liberis educandis by Guarino Guarini

16 The Latin Translation of De genio Socratis by Naogeorgus

17 Poetic Quotations in Humanistic Translations of De liberis educandis

18 “What Is the Best Music, Ancient or Modern?:” Pietro Metastasio and De musica

Curriculum Vitae of Paola Volpe Cacciatore
Bibliography of Paola Volpe Cacciatore
Index of Ancient Sources
Readers: Universities (Departments and Libraries), Institutes for Classical Studies, Institutes for Philosophy, Art & Archaeology Faculties, Public and Private Libraries, professors, scholars, specialists, post-graduate students.

Subject Areas: Classics, Greek and Latin Literature, Plutarch's work and thought, Classical Philology, Ancient Philosophy, Ancient Religion, Ancient History, Reception Studies, Humanism, Pedagogy, Comparative Studies, Anthropology, Christian Literature & Judaism, Musicology.
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