Selected Essays and Dialogues

Selected Essays and Dialogues

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This new translation of a selection of Plutarch's miscellaneous works - the "Moralia" - illustrates his thinking on religious, ethical, social, and political issues. Two genres are represented: the dialogue, which Plutarch wrote in a tradition nearer to Cicero than to Plato, and the informal treatise or essay, in which his personality is most clearly displayed. His diffuse and individual style conveys a character of great charm and authority. Plutarch's works have been admired and imitated in Western literature since the Renaissance. Montaigne, who read Amyot's translation, considered Plutarch's "Moralia" to be a "breviary", a book without which "we ignorant folk would have been lost". For Ralph Waldo Emerson it was a favourite bedside book, and an inspiration: "a poet might rhyme all day with hints drawn from Plutarch, page on page".
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  • Paperback | 460 pages
  • 116.84 x 182.88 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0192830945
  • 9780192830944

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List of Plutarch's "Moralia" - superstition, oracles in decline, why are Delphic oracles no longer given in verse?, Socrates' Daimonion, "Live Unknown", the fortune of Rome, rules for politicians, how to profit from your enemies, curiosity, talkativeness, bashfulness, against borrowing money, eroticus, advices on marriage, a consolation to his wife, virtues in women, gryllus; further reading; selected essays and dialogues; notes; sources of quotations.
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