Plutarch and his Contemporaries

Sharing the Roman Empire


The volume puts into the spotlight overlaps and points of intersection between Plutarch and other writers of the imperial period. It contains twenty-eight contributions which adopt a comparative approach and put into sharper relief ongoing debates and shared concerns, revealing a complex topography of rearrangements and transfigurations of inherited topics, motifs, and ideas. Reading Plutarch alongside his contemporaries brings out distinctive features of his thought and uncovers peculiarities in his use of literary and rhetorical strategies, imagery, and philosophical concepts, thereby contributing to a better understanding of the empire’s culture in general, and Plutarch in particular.

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Katarzyna Jażdżewska is a Classicist working on ancient Greek prose, specializing in ancient dialogue and imperial period literature (above all Plutarch and Dio Chrysostom). Her monograph Greek Dialogue in Antiquity: Post-Platonic Transformations was published in 2022 by Oxford University Press.

Filip Doroszewski is Assistant Professor of Classical Philology at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Poland. His recent publications include the co-edited volume Dionysus and Politics (Routledge, 2021) and a monograph on Nonnus' Paraphrasis entitled Orgies of Words (De Gruyter, 2022).

Contributors are: Colin Bailey Krystyna Bartol, Jeffrey Beneker, Laura Bottenberg, Andrea Catanzaro, Serena Citro, Maria Elena De Luna, Chiara Di Serio, Eva Falaschi, Martina Gatto, Anna Ginestí Rosell, Tomohiko Kondo, Dawn La Valle, Delfim F. Leão, Michiel Meeusen, Wim Nijs, Thierry Oppeneer, Pace Giovanna, Francesco Padovani, Katarzyna Pietruczuk, Geert Roskam, Richard Stoneman, Iris Sulimani, Theofanis Tsiampokalos, Laurens van der Wiel, Daniele Morrone, Fabio Tanga, Paola Volpe Cacciatore.
List of Contributors

Part 1 Residents of Empire: Politics and Civic Life

1 Plutarch’s Flamininus: A Roman Hero for a New Greek World
Jeffrey Beneker

2 Cattle in the Marketplace: The Abandoned Agora in Plutarch’s Life of Timoleon and Dio Chrysostom’s Euboean Discourse
Colin Bailey

3 Speaking to the People in Theory and Action: Plutarch’s Political Precepts and Dio of Prusa’s Assembly Speeches
Thierry Oppeneer

4 Avoiding Tyranny through Education: Plutarch’s, Dio Chrysostom’s, and Seneca’s Drugs for the Illness of the Roman Principatus
Andrea Catanzaro

Part 2 Among Philosophers: Debates and Disputes

5 “Cease Provoking the God, My Dear Planetiades”: How Plutarch Deals with Cynic Anti-Oracular Polemics
Wim Nijs

6 Plutarch and Epicurus
Richard Stoneman

7 The Wreck of an Ancient Titanic: Plutarch and Maximus of Tyre on Epicurean Pleasure
Geert Roskam

8 Plutarch in the Middle of a Conflict between Epictetus and Favorinus
Theofanis Tsiampokalos

Part 3 Facing the (Super)natural

9 Some Chemical Mirabilia in Plutarch and Apuleius: Platonist Piety, Natural Science, and Entertainment
Daniele Morrone

10 De fato of Ps.-Plutarch: Fate, Providence, Free Will
Paola Volpe Cacciatore

11 Artemidoro, Onirocritica 4.72 e l’ultimo sogno premonitore di Plutarco
Fabio Tanga

Part 4 Readers and Spectators

12 Plutarch, Seneca, and the Greek Tragedy
Giovanna Pace

13 Philoxeni in Plutarch and Athenaeus
Krystyna Bartol

14 Plutarch, Lucian, and the Debate on How to Write History: A Matter of Paideia?
Francesco Padovani

15 A Greek in a Roman Library
Katarzyna Pietruczuk

16 Plutarch and Pliny the Elder: Rome, Art, and Artworks
Eva Falaschi

Part 5 Uses of the Past

17 Aspects of Cultural Memory in the Imperial Age: On Some Local Arcadian Traditions in Plutarch, Pliny the Elder, and Pausanias
Maria Elena De Luna

18 Lycurgus of Sparta in the Imperial Age: Plutarch, Pausanias, and Lucian
Martina Gatto

19 Beyond the Limits of Biography: A Comparative Analysis of Plutarch’s Lycurgus
Iris Sulimani

20 Anecdotes and Rhetorical-Lexical Structures in Plutarch, Valerius Maximus, and Polyaenus
Serena Citro

21 Exempla for the Emperors: A Comparison of the Prefaces to Valerius Maximus’ Facta et dicta memorabilia and Plutarch’s Regum et imperatorum apophthegmata
Laurens van der Wiel

Part 6 Cultural Practices: Inhabiting and Subverting the Norms

22 One Body, One Mind: Friendship in Plutarch’s De amicorum multitudine and Lucian’s Toxaris
Laura Bottenberg

23 Permission to Speak? Cleobulina/Eumetis in Plutarch’s Symposium of the Seven Sages and Mary in the Pistis Sophia
Dawn LaValle Norman

24 The Incomplete Feminisms of Plutarch and Musonius Rufus
Tomohiko Kondo

25 Petronius’ Cena Trimalchionis and Plutarch’s Quaestiones convivales: A Comparative Approach to the Banquet and to the Banqueters
Delfim F. Leão

26 Plutarch and Lucian on Symposia
Anna Ginestí Rosell

27 Plutarch and the Greek Reasons for Avoiding Pork by the Jews
Chiara Di Serio

28 A Gentleman’s Health: Plutarch and the “Age of Hypochondria”
Michiel Meeusen

Index Locorum
General Index
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