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Plutarch and the Persica

Eran Almagor

Abstract

This book addresses two historical mysteries. The first is the content and character of the fourth century BCE Greek works on the Persian Achaemenid Empire treatises called the Persica. The second is the method of work of the second century CE biographer Plutarch of Chaeronea (CE 45-120) who used these works to compose his biographies, in particular the Life of the Persian king Artaxerxes. By dealing with both issues simultaneously, Almagor proposes a new way of approaching the two entangled problems, and offers a better understanding of both the portrayal of ancient Persia in the lost Persica ... More

Keywords: Achaemenids, Artaxerxes II Mnemon, Ctesias, Deinon, Diodorus, Greek Imperial Literature, Historiography, Persia, Persica, Plutarch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780748645558
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748645558.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eran Almagor, author