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The Philosopher's Banquet: Plutarch's Table Talk in the Intellectual Culture of the Roman Empire

Frieda Klotz and Katerina Oikonomopoulou

Abstract

This book offers readers a coherent but diverse set of analyses of Plutarch's Table Talk, a late work, which, like many essays in this prolific Middle Platonic philosopher's corpus, scholars have left shamefully unexplored. The volume aims both to orientate readers, and to offer a set of studies that examine Table Talk through different interpretative lenses, highlighting its themes, literary structures, and its place in Plutarch's wider oeuvre. Miscellanistic literature flourished during the high Roman Empire in the first and second centuries CE, and this book seeks to uncover the text's cont ... More

Keywords: Plutarch, Table Talk, high Roman Empire, miscellanistic literature, tradition, rhetorical devices, Greek, Roman, Graeco-Roman

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199588954
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588954.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frieda Klotz, editor
Freelance journalist

Katerina Oikonomopoulou, editor
Leverhulme Research Fellow, School of Classics, University of St Andrews

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Contents

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Introduction

Frieda Klotz, and Katerina Oikonomopoulou

Part I Traditions

Part II Topics and Themes

Part III Voice and Authority

6 Imagining the Past

Frieda Klotz

Part IV Contradictions

Conclusion

Frieda Klotz, and Katerina Oikonomopoulou