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It has been noted by scholars that Plutarch’s Amatorius draws from two different genres, the dialogue and the drama, in acknowledgement of their significance for the Greek discourse on love. This chapter argues that there is a third important literary tradition that Plutarch recognizes as central to the development of conceptions of love and which plays a substantial role in the Amatorius: it is didactic hexameter poetry, and in particular Hesiod and Empedocles, with whom the dialogue establishes complex, intertextual relations.

In: The Dynamics of Intertextuality in Plutarch
In: Plato and Xenophon

This contribution examines Plutarch’s depiction of the kingfisher in De sollertia animalium 982e-983e and argues that it presents the bird as embodiment of three uxorial virtues: love for husband, love for offspring, and care for household. While Plutarch clearly draws from the abundant store of Greek kingfisher-lore, his account explicates the moralizing potential of the kingfisher-exemplum in a manner unparalleled in extant earlier tradition. In his composition of the passage, Plutarch might have been inspired by the pseudo-Platonic dialogue Halcyon with which the kingfisher-passage in De sollertia animalium shares numerous remarkable resemblances.

In: Mnemosyne
In: Nonnus of Panopolis in Context III
In: Nonnus of Panopolis in Context III
In: Nonnus of Panopolis in Context III
In: Nonnus of Panopolis in Context III
In: Nonnus of Panopolis in Context III
Nonnus of Panopolis (5th c. AD), the most important Greek poet of Late Antiquity, is best known for his Dionysiaca, a grand epic that gathers together all myths associated with Dionysus, god of wine and mysteries. The poet also authored the Paraphrase of St. John’s Gospel which renders the Fourth Gospel into sophisticated hexameter verse. This volume, edited by Filip Doroszewski and Katarzyna Jażdżewska, brings together twenty-six essays by eminent scholars that discuss Nonnus’ cultural and literary background, the literary techniques and motifs used by the poet, as well as the composition of the Dionysiaca and the exegetical principles applied in the Paraphrase. As such, the book will significantly deepen our understanding of literary culture and religion in Late Antiquity.