The afterlife of Plutarch
- edited by John North and Peter Mack.
- London, England : Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 2018.
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- xv, 196 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
- Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. Supplement ; 137.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction / John North and Peter Mack
- The Syriac De exercitatione : a lost edifying piece attributed to Plutarch / Alberto Rigolio
- The Byzantine Plutarch : self-identity and model in Theodore Metochites' Essay 71 of Semeioseis gnomikai / Sophia Xenophontos
- From Francesco Barbaro to Angelo Poliziano : Plutarch's Roman Questions in the fifteenth century / Frances Muecke
- The Life of Paulus Aemilius in John Whethamstede's Granarium. The fortune of Italian humanism in fifteenth-century England / Marianne Pade
- Additional Lives : Hannibal, Scipio, and Epaminondas / Judith Mossman
- 'Scholemaister and Counsailour unto Traianus' : Plutarch, the Institutio Traiani, and humanist political advice in Renaissance England / Fred Schurink
- Plutarch, Poussin, Carracci, and Baroque art / Roberto Guerrini and Maddalena Sanfilippo
- Plutarch in Scottish culture : from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century / Ewen Bowie
- The censoring of Plutarch's Gracchi on the revolutionary French and Reformist English stages, 1792-1823 / Edith Hall and Rosie Wyles
- Plutarch and Frankenstein : reception in nineteenth-century British literature / Frances Titchener
- Plutarch à la Russe : ancient heroism and Russian ideology in Tolstoy's War and Peace / Alexei V. Zadorojnyi
- After exemplarity : a map of Plutarchan scholarship / Constanze Güthenke.
Plutarch's writings have had a varied reception history from when he was writing in the second century BCE down to today. This volume starts from what may be a translation into the Syriac dialect of a lost Plutarch essay; continues with a tribute from a leading scholar of the later Byzantine period; and follows the centuries of sustained enthusiasm from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century. This period started once a translation into Latin had become available, and ended when scholars in the nineteenth century lowered Plutarch's reputation as historian, biographer, philosopher, and stylist. By the end of the century, he came to symbolize in the eyes of Tolstoy precisely what history should not be. Both the causes of the decline and the later recovery of interest raise important new questions about how Plutarch should be assessed in the twenty-first century. This is one of the early volumes in the series of `Afterlives' of the Classics, being produced jointly by the Institute of Classical Studies and the Warburg.
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