Two texts by Plutarch

Plutarch, bust from the museum of Delphi.

LacusCurtius‘ Bill Thayer has returned to putting online the Moralia by Plutarch, and today, we can read two well-known treatises:

Both texts are fragments of larger discourses. The ideas are not very original, which the ancients almost expect from texts on this subject. The constitutional debates in Herodotus (Histories, 3.82), Cassius Dio (Roman History, 52), Josephus (Jewish Antiquities, 19), and Philostratus (Life of Apollonius, 5.31ff) are surprisingly similar. Plutarch’s ideas are another branch of this tree.

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3 Responses to Two texts by Plutarch

  1. Bill Thayer says:

    Jona, just how legit is that bust of Plutarch? Does it have his name on it, or was it found in some unequivocal context? Do you know when it was found?

  2. I understand that it’s likely, but not proven. Still, it’s a nice illustration – in any case, it’s better than those seventeenth-century drawings we encounter so often on the web.

  3. Bill Thayer says:

    Oh no question it’s more likely than those — which, mind you, have their charm. (This by way of saying, as you know, that I too cribbed one for my site!) I did figure, also, that careful as you are, there was some probability in its favor; I’m just curious as to the exact details of how someone came to feel that this might be Plutarch: we have rather few unequivocal portraits of non-political figures among the ancients.

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