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The Philosopher's BanquetPlutarch's Table Talk in the Intellectual Culture of the Roman Empire$
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Frieda Klotz and Katerina Oikonomopoulou

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588954

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588954.001.0001

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The Miscellany and Plutarch

The Miscellany and Plutarch

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The Philosopher's Banquet

Teresa Morgan

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This chapter begins by asking whether it is appropriate and useful to regard ‘miscellany’ as a genre, argues that it is, and proposes a wide definition of the term. It considers why classicists have been reluctant to recognize the miscellany as an important genre in the Roman Empire, and traces an answer in the history of European university teaching. By recognizing the importance of the miscellany as a genre, it suggests, we may come to value some imperial writers – notably Plutarch – more justly. After some reflections on the use of miscellanies by other authors, including Plutarch, it considers Plutarch's own large and diverse contribution to the genre, and the place of Table Talk within it.

Keywords:   definition, miscellany, university teaching, genre, imperial writers

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