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No RegretsRemorse in Classical Antiquity$
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Laurel Fulkerson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668892.001.0001

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Plutarch on Consistency and the Statesman

Plutarch on Consistency and the Statesman

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(p.186) 9 Plutarch on Consistency and the Statesman
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No Regrets
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Laurel Fulkerson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668892.003.0010

discusses a point that has been implicit earlier: a heroic figure, or even an adult male, can express remorse only with difficulty because part of the construction of adulthood in antiquity involves a high degree of consistency. So any deviation can be construed as failure by one’s enemies. Through discussion of the lives of Themistocles, Demosthenes, Cicero, and Alcibiades, the chapter explores the different strategies Plutarch employs to mitigate against what he sees as a character flaw.

Keywords:   Alcibiades, Themistocles, Demosthenes, Cicero, Antony, Timoleon, Coriolanus

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