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Plutarch's lives : exploring virtue and vice

Author: Tim Duff
Publisher: Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Parallel Lives of Plutarch (A.D. 45-120), a vast series of paired biographies of Greek and Roman statesmen, have always been one of the most widely read works of classical literature. In this new study, discussions of Plutarch's literary techniques and moral conceptions are combined with case studies of a number of paired Lives (Pyrrhos - Marius, Phokion - Cato Minor, Lysander - Sulla, and Coriolanus -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Plutarch.; Plutarch; Plutarch.; Plutarchus.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Duff
ISBN: 019815058X 9780198150589 0199252742 9780199252749
OCLC Number: 39887061
Notes: Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral--Cambridge, 1994).
Description: xx, 423 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: I. The Moralizing Programme. 1. The Programmatic Statements of the Lives. 2. Moralism in Plutarch's Lives. 3. The Soul of a Plutarchan Hero --
II. Exploring Virtue and Vice: The Case Studies. 4. The Lives of Pyrrhos and Marius. 5. The Lives of Phokion and Cato Minor. 6. The Lives of Lysander and Sulla. 7. The Lives of Coriolanus and Alkibiades --
III. Writing in Parallel. 8. Synkrisis and the Synkriseis in the Parallel Lives. 9. The Politics of Parallelism. App. 1. Plutarch and Ancestors --
App. 2. Plutarch and Chronology.
Responsibility: Tim Duff.
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This is a study of a set of biographies of Greek and Roman statesmen. They were written when Roman power was at its height, and are examples of a renaissance classicism which formed a Greek reaction  Read more...

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It is a book that will be used, as well as read, by scholars and if it succeeds in resuscitating the idea of actually reading Plutarch's corpus it will have proved itself a major achievement. * Bryn Read more...

 
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