These essays, by experts in the field from five countries, examine Plutarch's interpretative and artistic reshaping of his historical sources in representative lives. Diverse essays treat literary elements such as the parallelism which renders a pair of lives a unit or the themes which unify the lives. Others consider the selecting, combining, simplifying, and enlarging employed in composition. The construction of a Plutarchian life, the essays demonstrate, required careful selection and creative reworking of the historical material available.
'This is a stimulating, highly interesting collection, in which the traditional Quellenkritik is set aside and instead the techniques that are apparent in the Lives themselves are studied. Within this framework a sensible approach to the appropriation of the sources in Plutarch's Bioi also emerges.' - L. De Blois, Mnemosyne
Contributors: Chris Pelling, Oxford; F.E. Brenk, Pontifical Institute, Rome; Brian Bosworth, Perth; Monica Affortunati, Florence; Louis Garcia Moreno, Alcala; Judith Mossman, Dublin; Barbara Scardigli, Florence