Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
JoAnn Danelo Barbour
The Greek Maestrius Plutarcus (circa 45–125 AD ), known to history as Plutarch, is primarily recognized as the great biographer of antiquity for his seminal work, Parallel Lives , a compendium of biographies of famous Greek and Roman military and political figures. A leading thinker in the Roman Empire's golden age, Plutarch was born in the Greek town of Chaeronea, studied philosophy at Athens, traveled to Alexandria and various parts of Italy, and lived for a significant time in Rome. For many years Plutarch served as one of the two priests at the temple of Apollo at Delphi. As a lecturer and teacher of philosophy, he achieved considerable repute. By his writings and lectures, he became a celebrity in the Roman ...