Collection : Plutarchea Hypomnemata, Leuven University Press


The series Plutarchea Hypomnemata, published by Leuven University Press, focuses on the voluminous oeuvre of Plutarch of Chaeronea (c. 46–120 AD), one of the most prolific and multifaceted authors of the ancient Greek world. Nearly all of his works illustrate both his intelligent interpretation and appropriation of the Greek tradition, as well as his critical interaction with contemporary society.

His work exerted an immense influence on the education of the Western intelligentsia up to the nineteenth century. The second half of the twentieth century witnessed a renaissance of scholarly research on his works, with the international Plutarch society acting as a forceful catalyst.

The editors of Plutarchea Hypomnemata welcome monographs that explore specific themes developed in one or more Plutarchan writings, offer a thorough interpretation of and/or commentary on a particular text, or discuss various aspects of Plutarch's authorial activity, philosophical thinking, religious ideas, political convictions, and attitude toward history, science, and the arts. They also welcome studies that situate him in broader ideological and literary contexts and/or in a contemporary political, social, and religious context.

Editorial Board: Jan Opsomer (K.U.Leuven), Geert Roskam (K.U.Leuven), Frances Titchener (Utah State University, Logan), Luc Van der Stockt (K.U.Leuven)

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A Commentary on Plutarch's "De latenter vivendo"
Geert Roskam
In this book, Plutarch's anti-Epicurean polemic is understood against the background of the previous philosophical tradition.

Natural Spectaculars
Aspects of Plutarch's Philosophy of Nature
Recently scholars have begun to reassess the ancient scientific value of Plutarch's natural philosophical writings. Natural Spectaculars aims to give further impetus to this project by treating several aspects of Plutarch’s natural philosophy that have not been explored before.

A Perfect Medium?
Oracular Divination in the Thought of Plutarch
Elsa Giovanna Simonetti
Oracular divination was of special concern for Plutarch of Chaeronea (45–120 AD), Platonic philosopher as well as priest at the oracle of Apollo in Delphi. The peculiar nature of Delphic divination as an (im)perfect intermediary between the material and the immaterial world is fathomed in a thorough study of Plutarch’s Delphic dialogues. This...

Plutarch's "Life of Alcibiades"
Story, Text and Moralism
Simon Verdegem
Demonstrates how Plutarch carefully constructed his story and used a wide range of narrative techniques to create a complex Life that raises interesting questions about the relation between private morality and the common good.

Plutarch's "Maxime cum principibus philosopho esse disserendum"
An Interpretation with Commentary
Geert Roskam
In this short political work, Plutarch demonstrates that the philosopher should especially associate with powerful rulers in order to exert the greatest positive influence on his society and at the same time maximize his personal pleasure.

Plutarch's Science of Natural Problems
A Study with Commentary on Quaestiones Naturales
Michiel Meeusen

A Versatile Gentleman
Consistency in Plutarch's Writing

Virtues for the People
Aspects of Plutarchan Ethics

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