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The Philosopher's Banquet: Plutarch's Table Talk in the Intellectual Culture of the Roman Empire (Hardback)
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The Philosopher's Banquet: Plutarch's Table Talk in the Intellectual Culture of the Roman Empire (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 06/10/2011
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The Philosopher's Banquet is the first sustained study of Plutarch's Table Talk, a Greek prose text which is a combination of philosophical dialogue (in the style of Plato's Symposium) and miscellany. The form of Table Talk was imitated by several later Greek and Roman imperial authors (such as Aulus Gellius, Athenaeus, and Macrobius), making it a vital part of the early Roman Empire's literary and cultural history. Similarly, the great variety of its contents links it with a broader imperial cultural trend, that of systematizing knowledge, which features increasingly prominently as a subject of scholarly study in both classics and the history of science. The contributors to The Philosopher's Banquet offer a range of methodologically innovative and sophisticated readings of Table Talk's literary form, themes, cultural background, and influence.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199588954
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 506 g
Dimensions: 218 x 135 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
At the end of their conclusion, the editors express the hope that athis book will play a part in that process of rediscovering the [Table Talks]. This reviewer has no doubts that their wish will be fulfilled. * Delfim LeAGBPo, Journal of Roman Studies *
the contribtuions, all of a high standard, represent a real advance in our understanding of Table Talk. * Helen Morales, Times Literary Supplement *
Philosopher's Banquet is a book in which one can find convincing answers to many questions in the field of Plutarchan studies and that wider field of the culture-specific poetics of Graeco-Roman times. It will serve scholars for years. * Krystyna Bartol, Eos *

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