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A Companion to Plutarch

Edited by: Mark Beck
eISBN: 9781405194310
Print publication date: 2014

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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405194310.2014.x

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A Companion to Plutarch

Representing an extensive original survey of the ancient world's preeminent biographer and philosophical essayist by leading scholars from around the world, this Companion gives readers a clear and concise overview of all major topics of study and a single comprehensive synthesis of Plutarch's massive and diverse oeuvre.

Editor Mark Beck first outlines important aspects of Plutarch's early life and discusses contemporary approaches to the study of the author. The first section gives rich historical, political, and cultural background information about life in the Imperial period, and the intellectual currents of the day, which serve to contextualize further Plutarch's thought. The second and third sections focus on his philosophical perspective, religiosity, and his various biographical projects, such as his magnum opus, the Parallel Lives, and his other major contributions contained in the Moralia. Finally, the book investigates Plutarch's reception from antiquity to the modern period, including his influence in France on Montaigne and Amyot, and in England on Shakespeare.

A Companion to Plutarch presents Plutarch's thought and influence in a coherent, comprehensive, and elegant survey.

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Beck, Mark (ed). A Companion to Plutarch. Blackwell Publishing, 2014. Blackwell Reference Online. 18 June 2018 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9781405194310_9781405194310>

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