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Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Philip A. Stadter

Abstract

In his Parallel Lives, Plutarch presented to educated Greek and Roman readers, but especially to leading men of the Roman imperial administration, the moral issues he recognized behind political leadership. The chapters in this book examine his presentation of these issues and relate his writings to the audience of elite Roman readers which Plutarch aimed to influence and to the larger social and political context of the Roman empire. This book demonstrates that Plutarch believed that men like Sosius Senecio, a close associate of the emperor Trajan and the dedicatee of the Parallel Lives, espe ... More

Keywords: Plutarch, biography, Parallel Lives, Roman empire, politics, morals, Sosius Senecio, Trajan, leadership, readers, audience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198718338
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip A. Stadter, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hll