- Title Pages
- 1 Friends or Patrons?
- 2 Plutarch’s <i>Lives</i> and Their Roman Readers
- 3 Revisiting Plutarch’s Lives of the Caesars
- 4 Plutarch
- 5 Plutarch and Apollo of Delphi
- 6 Drinking, <i>Table Talk</i>, and Plutarch’s Contemporaries
- 7 Leading the Party, Leading the City
- 8 Before Pen Touched Paper
- 9 Plutarch’s Latin Reading
- 10 Plutarchan Prosopography
- 11 Plutarch and Trajanic Ideology
- 12 The Justice of Trajan in Pliny <i>Epistles</i> 10 and Plutarch
- 13 Plutarch’s Alexandrias
- 14 The Philosopher’s Ambition
- 15 Plutarch’s Lives
- 16 The Rhetoric of Virtue in Plutarch’s <i>Lives</i>
- 17 Paidagôgia pros to theion
- 18 Paradoxical Paradigms
- 19 Competition and its Costs
- 20 Parallels in Three Dimensions
- 21 Cato the Younger in the English Enlightenment
- 22 Alexander Hamilton’s Notes on Plutarch in His Paybook
- 23 Should we Imitate Plutarch’s Heroes?
- Index of Plutarchan Passages
- Index of non-Plutarchan Passages
- Index of Names
- Index of Topics
- (p.188) 13 Plutarch’s Alexandrias
- Plutarch and his Roman Readers
Philip A. Stadter
- Oxford University Press
This chapter studies Plutarch’s perception of Alexandria, first as a Greco-Macedonian foundation, then as a base for Caesar and Mark Antony, and finally as a leading city in his own day, which he visited. He wrote at length of Antony’s presence in the city and liaison with Cleopatra. He mentions various philosophers from Alexandria, in particular Arius, an adviser of Augustus who helped influence him to spare the city after its capture. Another is Tiberius Claudius Thrasyllus, a member of Tiberius’ court, who is mentioned in a recently discovered fragment. A third is Plutarch’s own teacher Ammonius. He may have served on an embassy to Vespasian in Alexandria, but he says nothing of his visit or what he saw there except the bare fact of the visit itself. Recently discovered papyri of Plutarch’s works, found in Egypt demonstrate that his writings were widely read there. Two are dated to the first half of the second century, roughly contemporary with him or immediately following his death.
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