Plutarch in the Religious and Philosophical Discourse of Late Antiquity

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Fernando Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta, Israel Mu Oz Gallarte
BRILL, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 304 pages
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The works of Plutarch, notably his Moralia, provide us with exceptional evidence to reconstruct the spiritual and intellectual atmosphere of the first centuries CE. As a priest of Apollo at Delphi, Plutarch was a first range witness of ancient religious experience; as a Middle Platonist, he was also actively involved in the developments of the philosophical school. Besides, he also provided a more detached point of view both regarding numerous religious practices and currents that were permeating the building of ancient pagan religion and the philosophical views of other schools. His combining the insider and the sensitive observer's perspectives make Plutarch a crucial starting point for the understanding of the religious and philosophical discourse of Late Antiquity. Book jacket.
  

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Contents

Plutarch at the Crossroads of Religion and Philosophy
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PLUTARCH AND PHILOSOPHY
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PLUTARCH AND RELIGION
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Bibliography
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About the author (2012)

Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta, Ph.D. in Classics (1997) and in Theology (2004) is Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies at the University of Groningen. He has published extensively on classics, ancient history and philosophy, and Early Christianity. He is the author a.o. of "La envidia en el pensamiento griego" (Madrid 1997) and "Acta Andreae Apocrypha. A New Perspective on the Nature, Intention and Significance of the Primitive Text" (Geneva 2007). Israel Mu oz Gallarte, PhD in Classics (2006) is Assistant Profesor of Classics at the University of C rdoba. He publishes on classics, Plutarch, Early Christian Apocrypha, and Semantics. He is the author of "Los sustantivos-Hecho en el Nuevo Testamento" (Madrid 2008) and co-author of "Cuenca capta: los libros griegos del s. XVI en el Seminario Conciliar de San Juli n" (Cuenca 2010). Contributors: A.P. Bos, F. Becchi, Ra l Caballero, F. Brenk, G. Roskam, M. Meeusen, A. Jim nez, L. Roig Lanzillotta, A. Casanova, A. P rez Jim nez, P. Volpe Cacciatore, D. Leao, R. Scannapieco, G. van Kooten, I. Mu oz Gallarte.