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– Life
– Plutarch born in Chaeronea
– Family prominent in town
– Chaeronea located 30km east of Delphi
– Greek region of birth

– Education
– Studied philosophy and mathematics in Athens
– Traveled to Egypt to study
– Influenced by Plato’s teachings
– Became a priest of Apollo at Delphi
– Established a school in Chaeronea

– Works
– Wrote Parallel Lives
– Moralia includes ethical essays
– Biographies of famous Greeks and Romans
– Influenced Renaissance writers
– Works translated into many languages

– Influence
– Revered as a great philosopher
– Impact on Western literature
Renaissance humanists admired his works
– Inspired Enlightenment thinkers
– His writings still studied today

– Legacy
– Plutarch’s works influential in philosophy
– Considered a key figure in ancient literature
– His biographies offer insights into historical figures
– Impact on the development of biography as a genre
– Continues to be a source of inspiration

Plutarch (Wikipedia)

Plutarch (/ˈpltɑːrk/; Greek: Πλούταρχος, Ploútarchos; Koinē Greek: [ˈplúːtarkʰos]; c. AD 46 – after AD 119) was a Greek Middle Platonist philosopher, historian, biographer, essayist, and priest at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi. He is known primarily for his Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of illustrious Greeks and Romans, and Moralia, a collection of essays and speeches. Upon becoming a Roman citizen, he was possibly named Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus (Λούκιος Μέστριος Πλούταρχος).

Modern portrait at Chaeronea, based on a bust from Delphi tentatively identified as Plutarch
Bornc. AD 46
Diedafter AD 119 (aged 73–74)
Occupation(s)Biographer, essayist, philosopher, priest, ambassador, magistrate
Notable workParallel Lives
EraHellenistic philosophy
RegionAncient philosophy
SchoolMiddle Platonism
Main interests
Epistemology, ethics, history, metaphysics

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