The Afterlife of Plutarch

Edited by John North and Peter Mack
Publication date: 
30 March 2018
244 x 170

Plutarch has been widely admired from the time of writing to the present day. Many of his works have survived and have been endlessly reproduced. They have had a powerful influence on famous writers, thinkers, and artists. This volume publishes papers delivered at a conference on the ‘Afterlife of Plutarch’, which was among the first in the joint Warburg Institute and Institute of Classical Studies series on the afterlife of the Classics. Ranging from Syriac, Byzantine, and Renaissance interest in Plutarch, they also explore his remarkable popularity and influence from the sixteenth through to the nineteenth century, as well as the decline of his reputation as a major historical authority which preceded the recent resurgence of interest in his writings. The papers thus reflect the widespread and enduring admiration for Plutarch across the centuries, as well as some of the dramatic twists and turns in his reception history.