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Plutarchs Maxime Cum Principibus Philosopho Esse Disserendum: An Interpretation with Commentary Geert Roskam

Plutarchs Maxime Cum Principibus Philosopho Esse Disserendum: An Interpretation with Commentary

Geert Roskam

Published June 1st 2009
ISBN : 9789058677365
Hardcover
252 pages
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The question of the political relevance of philosophy, and of the role which the philosopher should play in the government of his state, was often discussed in antiquity. Platos ideal of the philosopher-king is well-known, but his failure to realizeMoreThe question of the political relevance of philosophy, and of the role which the philosopher should play in the government of his state, was often discussed in antiquity. Platos ideal of the philosopher-king is well-known, but his failure to realize his political ideal in Syracuse was perhaps the best argument against the philosophers political engagement. Nevertheless, Platos ideal remained attractive for later Greek thinkers. This is illustrated, for instance, by one of Plutarchs short political works, in which he tries to demonstrate that the philosopher should especially associate with powerful rulers, because he can in this way exert the greatest positive influence on his society and at the same time maximize his personal pleasure.This study provides a thorough analysis of Plutarchs Maxime cum principibus philosopho esse disserendum. Geert Roskams general introduction discusses each step in Plutarchs argumentation in detail. A systematic lemmatic commentary then provides a systematic complement to the previous analysis of the work, dealing with many problems of textual criticism, explaining all kinds of realia, and discussing a great number of passages through parallels from Plutarchs own oeuvre and from other authors.