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Headword: Ploutarchos
Adler number: pi,1793
Translated headword: Ploutarchos, Plutarchus, Plutarch
Vetting Status: high
A Chaeroneian from Boeotia; alive in the time of emperor Trajan and before.[1] Trajan handed over to him the rank of consul and forbade any of those ruling in Illyria to do anything beyond the scope of his judgment.[2] He wrote a lot.[3][3a]
Greek Original:
Ploutarchos, Chairôneus tês Boiôtias, gegonôs epi tôn Traianou tou Kaisaros chronôn kai epiprosthen. metadous de autôi Traianos tês tôn hupatôn axias prosetaxe mêdena tôn kata tên Illurida archontôn parex tês autou gnômês ti diaprattesthai. egrapse de polla.
See generally D.A. Russell in OCD4 Plutarch.
[1] Trajan's reign: 98-117 CE. Modern scholars date Plutarch's life to approximately 40-120 CE.
[2] This statement (also in Eusebius) about Trajan granting Plutarch ornamenta consularia is in all likelihood ahistorical. In the later tradition Plutarch became a teacher and sage adviser to emperor Trajan, leading to such pseudoplutarchean works as the Institutio Trajani (available in Vol 7 of Bernardakis's 1896 Teubner edition of the Moralia, p.183-193).
[3] Plutarch's Parallel Lives and other essays (collectively the Moralia) are in fact one of the largest corpora of classical literature extant. See further, next note
[3a] The total number of works written by Plutarch may be as high as 250 to 260: cf. Konrat Ziegler, Plutarchos von Chaironeia, Stuttgart 1964, cc.60-66; cf. also Lamprias, lambda 96, note 2.
Probably the best introduction to current discussions of Plutarch's Parallel Lives is the introduction in P.A. Stadter, (1989), A commentary on Plutarch's Pericles, Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press. See also:
Russell, D.A. (1973), Plutarch. New York, Scribner.
Jones, C.P. (1966), 'Towards a Chronology of Plutarch's Works', JRS 56: 61-74, reprinted in Essays on Plutarch's Lives, B. Scardigli, ed., Oxford/New York, Oxford University Press 1995: 95-123
Keywords: biography; chronology; ethics; geography; historiography; history
Translated by: Kenneth Mayer on 26 July 1999@15:54:24.
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