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A Commentary on Plutarch's Pericles
Author: Philip A. Stadter

ISBN: 9780807865972
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 16 April 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.3 x 2.9
Description:
Plutarch's Life of Pericles is one of the outstanding works of ancient biography. Called by some a coward and others a boor, Pericles was a genius as a statesman. He ruled Athens like a monarch between 441 and 430 B.C., a period of great political and intellectual achievement. In the first comprehensive commentary in this century on Plutarch's text, Philip Stadter explores both the literary and historical aspects of this extraordinary work, which is included here in Greek in its entirety.

In an extensive introduction, Stadter considers the broad questions of the biography's structure, its place and importance within Plutarch's body of literary works, and its relation to its companion piece, theFabius Maximus. He discussed Plutarch's historical method and argues that the biographer's innovative and thorough use of sources, especially contemporary histories, makePericles particularly valuable to modern scholars.

Examining the literary devices that shape and organize the work, Stadter analyzes the Greek text line by line. A detailed study of word usage and meaning c...

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