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Cultural Responses to the Persian WarsAntiquity to the Third Millennium$
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Emma Bridges, Edith Hall, and P. J. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279678

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.001.0001

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De Malignitate Plutarchi Plutarch, Herodotus, and the Persian Wars

De Malignitate Plutarchi Plutarch, Herodotus, and the Persian Wars

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(p.145) 8 De Malignitate Plutarchi Plutarch, Herodotus, and the Persian Wars
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Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars
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Christopher Pelling (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279678.003.0008

This chapter explores the complexities evident in the presentation of the Persian Wars, mediated heavily through the text of Herodotus, to be found in the Lives of Plutarch. Plutarch's contribution to the development and later reception of the Persian Wars narratives is extraordinarily important, and yet has elicited very little specialist scholarly discussion. Plutarch's Persian Wars are uniquely complex, since their author was a Greek intellectual writing at the site of some of the Persians' worst acts of vandalism. But many centuries after the Persian Wars, under the Roman empire, an administration for which the archetypal image of the heroic Greek repulse of the tyrannical eastern invader had acquired many new and complicated resonances, not least in respect of the Parthians.

Keywords:   Persian Wars, Herodotus, Plutarch

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