Plutarch and the Historical Tradition by Philip A. Stadter

By Philip A. Stadter

Those essays, via specialists within the box from 5 international locations, research Plutarch's interpretative and inventive reshaping of his ancient resources in consultant lives. assorted essays deal with literary parts reminiscent of the parallelism which renders a couple of lives a unit or the subjects which unify the lives. Others think of the choosing, combining, simplifying, and enlarging hired in composition. the development of a Plutarchian existence, the essays show, required cautious choice and inventive transforming of the ancient fabric on hand.

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2–3), the division of two ‘parties’, systematically at each other’s throats, is clearer: cf. 3. g. Meyer 1967, 145. ‘Takes further’, because there are already some elements of that style in the earlier, demagogic phase: these furnish one of several devices for making this period less uncomfortable. Cf. g. 6–12). Cf. esp. Stadter 1989, pp. xxxix–xl and Stadter 1987, at 258–9; Breebart 1971. 6, Fab. 3–4). That suggests some qualifications to the argument of de Romilly 1988, 25. Thucydides naturally generates more interest (as she stresses) in ‘the nature of Pericles’ authority, contrasted with his successors’ lack of authority’ and ‘the whole evolution of Athenian politics during the Peloponnesian War’; such themes do not lend themselves to development in biographical form, as again she concedes.

Everyone individually disgruntled with Alcibiades’ private habits: that is rather closer to the rough picture of Nicias, where people were disgusted by Alcibiades’ private life and feared his over-confidence, than to the emphasis that Plutarch prefers in Alcibiades itself. As we have seen, in the important ch. 16 of Alcibiades Plutarch goes to some lengths to characterize the ambivalent but basically affectionate reaction of the demos towards him; we can recognize the same demos who earlier helped him catch his quail.

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