A Companion to Plutarch
Provides essential background information on Plutarch's world, including his own circle of influential friends (Greek and Roman), his travels, his political activity, and his relations with Trajan and other emperors
Offers contextualizing background, the literary and cultural details that shed light on some of the fundamental aspects of Plutarch's thought
Surveys the ideologically crucial reception of the Greek Classical Period in Plutarch's writings
Follows the currents of recent serious scholarship, discussing perennial interests, and delving into topics and works not formerly given serious attention Mark Beck is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches courses on Greek and Roman authors and classical civilization courses. He has published numerous articles and chapters on Plutarch and is the author of the forthcoming book, Understanding Classics: Plutarch (2012).
A Companion to Plutarch
Notes on Contributors
Eran Almagor is a lecturer in the History Department at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He was a research fellow at the Max Weber Kolleg, Erfurt (2011), the Simon Dubnow Institut, Leipzig (2009 - 2011), and a British Academy Visiting Fellow in Oxford (2009). His research interests cover Plutarch's Lives and writings, Greek Imperial authors, and the image of Persia in Greek texts of the fifth and fourth centuries BCE. Among his forthcoming works is the co-edited volume Ancient Ethnography: New Approaches and the monograph Plutarch and the Persica .
Francesco Becchi is a Professor of Greek Language and Literature at Florence University, Italy. He studied ethical literature in its historical development from the Classical Age to the Imperial Age. His interests are in scientific texts of philosophy such as the Meteorologica of Aristotle, Problemata of Ps.-Aristotle, De signis and De ventis , attributed to Theophrastus, and Plutarch's zoopsychological writings. He is also interested in the fortune of Plutarch's Moralia through Latin translations in the age of humanism and the Renaissance and in later centuries through printed editions starting from Aldina. He has published several articles on these topics in international journals as well as critical editions, with introduction, translation, and commentary, of Plutarch's De virtute morali (1990) and De fortuna (2010).
Mark Beck is currently Associate Professor of Classics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, United States. He has published several articles and chapters on Plutarch.
Jeffrey Beneker is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, United States. He has published The Passionate Statesman : Eros and Politics in Plutarch's Lives (2012), in addition to several articles on Plutarch and ancient biography.
Lukas de Blois is Professor of Ancient History at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He has published books and articles on the history of the Roman Empire in the third century CE, the history of the Late Roman Republic, ancient historiography (Sallust, Tacitus, Cassius Dio), Plutarch's works, and Greek Sicily in the fourth century BCE. He has also published, with R.J. van der Spek, Introduction to the Ancient World (2nd ed., 2008). He is a member of the editorial board of the international network Impact of Empire (Roman Empire, 200 B.C. - A.D. 476).
Mauro Bonazzi teaches History of Ancient Philosophy at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. He has written on Plato, the history of Platonism in general, and on Plutarch in particular. His most recent books include Academici e Platonici. Il dibattito sullo scetticismo di Platone (2003), Platone. Fedro (2011), and (co-edited with Thomas Bénatouïl) Theoria, Praxis and the Contemplative Life after Plato and Aristotle (2012).
Bernard Boulet is currently Professor of Philosophy at Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada, where he teaches in a Great Books program. Prior to this he taught for many years at Sainte-Foy College in Quebec City. He has published books on Plato, Descartes, and Machiavelli.
Ewen Bowie was Praelector in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, UK, from 1965 to 2007, and successively University Lecturer, Reader, and Professor of Classical Languages and Literature in the University of Oxford. He is now an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He has published articles on early Greek elegiac, iambic, and lyric poetry; on Aristophanes; on Hellenistic poetry; and on many aspects of Greek literature and culture from the first century BCE to the third cent