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The Passionate Statesman: Erõs and Politics in Plutarch's Lives

Jeffrey Beneker


This book explores the intersection of passion and politics in Plutarch's Lives, with special emphasis on how Plutarch represents the influence of erōs (erotic desire) on the careers of his biographical subjects. The book first explains how Plutarch combines Aristotle's notion of friendship with Plato's conception of the soul to describe the ideal marriage, and heterosexual relationships in general, as based on a mutual love of character (philia) supported by an enduring erotic attraction. Then it examines how Plutarch applied his system of moral virtue to his reading of history in order to cr ... More

Keywords: erōs, philia, moral virtue, Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, Alexander, Caesar, Antony, Pompey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695904
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Beneker, author
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin