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A Commentary on Plutarch's Life of Agesilaos : Response to Sources in the Presentation of Character - D. R. Shipley

A Commentary on Plutarch's Life of Agesilaos

Response to Sources in the Presentation of Character

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Published: 1st October 1997
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Shipley presents the first modern commentary on Plutarch's Life of Agesilaos (c.444-360 BC) together with the full Greek text and a bibliography. Plutarch's biographies have long been valued for their literary, philosophic, and historiographic content, and the Life of Agesilaos, king of Sparta for forty years after the Peloponnesian war, has special interest as an introduction to Greek history, society, and culture in the fourth century, a critical period that has received little attention in comparison with the fifth century in Athens. Internal problems in Sparta followed the accession of Agesilaos: failures of hierarchical cohesion, unrest among social and subject groups, and division between aggressive and moderate foreign policies. Plato and Aristotle, Ephoros, Xenophon, Diodoros, and Nepos contributed variously to the knowledge and understanding of the period, and Plutarch created from their evidence -- and other sources -- an independent, penetrating, and balanced account of the character of those in power, and of Sparta, at their best and in decline.

`Shipley's commentary will now be essential reading ... for all those interested in fourth-century Sparta and in Plutarch's Spartan Lives, and stands as a fitting monument to a scholar who devoted his life to the teaching and explication of the Classics.' Tim Duff, Journal of Hellenic Studies `The longest section on 'Plutarch's themes in the Life' contains a great deal of useful comment on Plutarch's conceptions of Spartan history, and will prove to be an important resource on this topic' Tim Duff, Journal of Hellenic Studies `excellent study ... Shipley's extensive and insightful observations encompass an uncommonly broad range of matters interpretive, stylistic, lexical, literary, and historical ... Shipley's study will be of interest exclusively to Plutarchists and Greek historians, but for them it will be of great and enduring value.' Hubert M. Martin, Religious Studies Review

Prefacep. v
Note on Referencesp. xii
Note on Textp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Text and Commentaryp. 57
(chs. 1-3): Early Years to Accession: the Qualities of Leadershipp. 57
(chs. 4-5): The Character of Agesilaos and of Sparta: Developing a Cohesive Constituencyp. 96
(chs. 6-10): Agesilaos' Campaigns in Asia Minorp. 116
(chs. 11-15) Diplomacy in Asia Minorp. 170
(chs. 16-19.4) the Return from Asia Minorp. 211
(chs. 19. 5-20. 9) the Returning Generalp. 241
(chs. 21-2) the Corinthian Warp. 258
(chs. 23-5) Failures of Spartan Justicep. 273
(chs. 26-8) the Emergence of Thebesp. 300
(chs. 29-30) Sparta After the Battlep. 323
(chs. 31-5)p. 336
(chs. 36-40) Egyptian Campaign: the Death of Agesilaosp. 375
Epiloguep. 401
Notesp. 405
Appendixp. 443
Bibliographyp. 447
Indexesp. 481
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ISBN: 9780198150732
ISBN-10: 0198150733
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 1st October 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.5  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1998