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Headword: *plou/tarxos
Adler number: pi,1793
Translated headword: Ploutarchos, Plutarchus, Plutarch
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
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:
*plou/tarxos, *xairwneu\s th=s *boiwti/as, gegonw\s e)pi\ tw=n *traianou= tou= *kai/saros xro/nwn kai\ e)pi/prosqen. metadou\s de\ au)tw=| *traiano\s th=s tw=n u(pa/twn a)ci/as prose/tace mhde/na tw=n kata\ th\n *)illuri/da a)rxo/ntwn pare\c th=s au)tou= gnw/mhs ti diapra/ttesqai. e)/graye de\ polla/.
Notes:
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.
References:
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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