Ethical Education in Plutarch - Xenophontos, Sophia
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In addition to being the author of the Parallel Lives of noble Greeks and Romans, Plutarch of Chaeronea (AD c.46-120) is widely known for his rich ethical theory, which has rendered him one of the most profound moralists in antiquity and beyond. Previous studies have considered Plutarch’s moralism in light of specific works or group of works, so that an exploration of his concept of ethical education is still awaiting a comprehensive venue.
By bringing together a wide range of texts from both the Parallel Lives and the Moralia , Xenophontos offers the first interpretative treatment of
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Produktbeschreibung
In addition to being the author of the Parallel Lives of noble Greeks and Romans, Plutarch of Chaeronea (AD c.46-120) is widely known for his rich ethical theory, which has rendered him one of the most profound moralists in antiquity and beyond. Previous studies have considered Plutarch’s moralism in light of specific works or group of works, so that an exploration of his concept of ethical education is still awaiting a comprehensive venue.

By bringing together a wide range of texts from both the Parallel Lives and the Moralia, Xenophontos offers the first interpretative treatment of ethical knowledge in Plutarch, and argues that this notion becomes a distinctive manifestation of paideia vis-à-vis the intellectual trends of the Imperial period, especially in contexts of cultural identity and power. Along her discussion, the author goes a step further in relation to mainstream methodology, in that she associates systematically Plutarch’s moralising techniques to the responses of his intended audience, in an attempt to bring out his metatextual pedagogy. By reappraising Plutarch’s ethical authority and the significance of his didactic spirit, this book appeals not only to scholars and students of Plutarch, but to anyone interested in the history of education and the development of Greek ethics.
Die Beiträge zur Altertumskunde enthalten Monographien, Sammelbände, Editionen, Übersetzungen und Kommentare zu Themen aus den Bereichen Klassische, Mittel- und Neulateinische Philologie, Alte Geschichte, Archäologie, Antike Philosophie sowie Nachwirken der Antike bis in die Neuzeit. Dadurch leistet die Reihe einen umfassenden Beitrag zur Erschließung klassischer Literatur und zur Forschung im gesamten Gebiet der Altertumswissenschaften.
  • Produktdetails
  • Beiträge zur Altertumskunde 349
  • Verlag: De Gruyter; De Gruyter
  • Erscheinungstermin: 24. Mai 2016
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 236mm x 159mm x 22mm
  • Gewicht: 525g
  • ISBN-13: 9783110350364
  • ISBN-10: 311035036X
  • Artikelnr.: 39857934
Autorenporträt
Sophia Xenophontos, University of Glasgow, UK.
Rezensionen
"[...] Ethical Education in Plutarch is a clear and interesting account of a lifelong teacher's consuming didactic passions."
James Uden in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review Blog 2017, http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2017/2017-05-35.html

"[...] überzeugende[n] Arbeit [...] kann man auch die Gesamtargumentation der Arbeit als nachvollziehbar und geglückt bewerten [...] Der weniger spezialisierte Leser kann für die wertvollen Ergebnisse einer so umfangreichen und fundierten Untersuchung nur dankbar sein und sie vertrauensvoll weiterverwerten."
Marion Schneider in: H-Soz-Kult 09.01.2017

"In general, this is an excellent discussion of Plutarch's views on ethical education, based on a thorough familiarity with both the Corpus Plutarcheum and with existing scholarly literature. The different chapters contain many innovative insights and rest on a varied methodology that does justice to the particular character of the source texts. Furthermore, Xenophontos correctly presents her study as "the first sustained attempt to show that both the Parallel Lives and the Moralia offer comprehensive and intriguingly sophisticated ways of reading and gauging Plutarch's mental mapping on ethical pedagogy" (p. 195). This is definitely one of the greatest merits of the book. It is only fairly recently that the unity of Plutarch's works and the many interconnections between Moralia and Parallel Lives have received more attention, and by adopting this line of approach, Xenophontos sets the standard for further studies in this field."
Geert Roskam in: L'Antiqité Classique 87 (2018), 332-334

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