- 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
Diplomat for Delphi?
- (p.70) 4 Plutarch
- Plutarch and his Roman Readers
Philip A. Stadter
- Oxford University Press
Plutarch was a citizen of Delphi, member and sometime head (epimelete) of the governing Amphictyonic Council, and priest of Apollo. This chapter discusses Plutarch’s visits to Rome and possible participation in negotiations in favour of Delphi with four emperors, Vespasian, Titus, Domitian, and Trajan. Delphic business may have included Vespasian’s permission to Delphi to remain free and autonomous, Titus’ archonship at Delphi for AD 79/80, just after he had become emperor, and Domitian’s rebuilding or refurbishing of the temple of Apollo at Delphi, marked by a grand inscription on the temple itself. Inscriptions inform us that Domitian also interested himself in Delphi in other ways, and that there was a revival of building activity at this time. Finally, the emperor Trajan sent Avidius Nigrinus the younger to settle boundary disputes regarding Delphic territory, as we learn from the fine bilingual inscription at Delphi
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