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Plutarch's Advice to the Bride and Groom & A Consolation to His Wife: English Translations, Commentary, Interpretive Essays & Bibliography
While perhaps best known for his Lives, Plutarch also wrote philosophical dialogues that constitute a major intellectual legacy from the first century A.D. This collection presents two important short works from his writings in moral philosophy. They reveal Plutarch at his best--informative, sympathetic, rich in narrative--and are accompanied by an extensive commentary tha ...more
hardback, 224 pages
Published June 3rd 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Includes original Greek text and translations of the Marriage Advice and A Consolation to His Wife, which is even shorter piece. It's a letter written by Plutarch to his wife after their daughter had died at only a few years of age, congratulating her on her restraint in avoiding unseemly grief and saying that they should be happy for her life rather than sad for her death. The essays do a good job of contextualizing Plutarch in the history of ancient Greek and Roman family and gender norms, tho ...more
Plutarch (Greek: Πλούταρχος) later named, on his becoming a Roman citizen, Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus (Greek: Λούκιος Μέστριος Πλούταρχος) c. AD 46 - 120, was a Greek biographer, essayist, priest, ambassador, magistrate, and Middle Platonist. Plutarch was born to a prominent family in Chaeronea, Boeotia, a town about twenty miles east of Delphi. His oeuvre consists of the Parallel Lives and the Mo ...moreMore about Plutarch...