This volume brings together the work of a wide range of international scholars on the most important themes in Plutarch's Greek and Roman Lives. It includes contributions on Plutarch's life and cultural milieu; his methodology; the chronological order of composition and the cross-references from one Life to another; on the possibility that several biographies were edited simultaneously; the methods Plutarch adopted to summarize his own reading and research; the choice of subjects and of sources; Plutarch's compositional techniques; and the criteria for selecting the Greek and Roman pairs. An introduction discusses the traditions of historiography which influenced Plutarch, and the background to Graeco-Roman biography, analysing Plutarch's sources and assessing how he used them. At the cusp between literature, philosophy, and history, Plutarch's biographies and these studies of them are of unique interest to scholars interested in all aspects of the ancient world.
`Plutarch's Lives are, as the essays in this volume attest, an exciting mix of history, philosophy and sermon.'
Times Literary Supplement
`This collection brings together into one volume some of the most important works in English on Plutarch's Lives from the last three decades. The decision to publish this book must be applauded: it brings together in one place articles which were previously scattered. The index locorum will prove particularly useful.'
Tim Duff, University of Reading, The Classical Review, Vol. XLVI, No. 2, '96