Plutarch's Practical Ethics [Hardback]

Lieve Van Hoof (Author)

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ISBN: 9780199583263 | Published by: Oxford University Press | Year of Publication: 2010 | Language: English 328p,




Plutarch's Practical Ethics

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This volume studies Plutarch's practical ethics, a group of twenty-odd texts within the Moralia designed to help powerful Greeks and Romans manage their ambitions and society's expectations successfully. Lieve Van Hoof combines a systematic analysis of the general principles underlying Plutarch's practical ethics, including the author's target readership, therapeutical practices, and self-presentation, with five innovative case studies. A picture emerges of philosophy under the Roman Empire not as a set of abstract, theoretical doctrines, but as a kind of symbolic capital engendering power and prestige for author and reader alike.

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