In addition to being the author of the Parallel Lives of noble Greeks and Romans, Plutarch of Chaeronea (AD c.46-c.120) is widely known for his rich ethical theory, which has ensured him a reputation as one of the most profound moralists in antiquity and beyond. Previous studies have considered Plutarch's moralism in the light of specific works or group of works, so that an exploration of his overall concept of ethical education remains a desideratum.
Bringing together a wide range of texts from both the Parallel Lives and the Moralia, this study puts the moralising agents that Plutarch considers important for ethical development at the heart of its interpretation. These agents operate in different educational settings, and perform distinct moralising roles, dictated by the special features of the type of moral education they are expected to enact. Ethical education in Plutarch becomes a distinctive manifestation of paideia vis-a-vis the intellectual trends of the Imperial period, especially in contexts of cultural identity and power. By reappraising Plutarch's ethical authority and the significance of his didactic spirit, this book will appeal not only to scholars and students of Plutarch, but to anyone interested in the history of moral education and the development of Greek ethics.
Publisher: De Gruyter
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 mm
"[...] Ethical Education in Plutarch is a clear and interesting account of a lifelong teacher's consuming didactic passions."
James Uden in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review Blog 2017, http: //bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2017/2017-05-35.html
"[...] berzeugende[n] Arbeit [...] kann man auch die Gesamtargumentation der Arbeit als nachvollziehbar und gegl ckt bewerten [...] Der weniger spezialisierte Leser kann f r die wertvollen Ergebnisse einer so umfangreichen und fundierten Untersuchung nur dankbar sein und sie vertrauensvoll weiterverwerten."
Marion Schneider in: H-Soz-Kult 09.01.2017