Plutarch (Plutarchus of Chaeronea)
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A. Life and work

The Greek author P. (before AD 50 – after AD 120) spent most of his life in his native town of Chaeronea, but also travelled to Egypt and Italy, and taught in Rome. He had a number of influential friends, among them the consular Q. Sosius Senecio, to whom the Parallel Lives (Bíoi parállēloi; Latin: Vitae parallelae) are dedicated. For the last thirty years of his life Plutarch was a priest at Delphi, where he played a notable part in the revival of the shrine.

Apart from P.’s philosophical wr…

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Pade, Marianne, “Plutarch (Plutarchus of Chaeronea)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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