Posted on 03/05/2013
POSTGRADUATE SUMMER SEMINAR SERIES 2013
Mondays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 13th May – 8th July
For the first session in this year’s series we are delighted to welcome
Professor JOHN MARINCOLA
Leon Golden Professor and Chair of Classics
Florida State University, Tallahassee
HISTORY WITHOUT MALICE? –
PLUTARCH REWRITES THE PERSIAN WARS
In his de Herodoti Malignitate Plutarch informs us how to identify a malicious historian and uses the example of Herodotus, whose history he subjects to ruthless attack. In his Persian-War Lives, however, Plutarch follows Herodotus' narrative fairly closely, and this has led some to accuse Plutarch himself of hypocrisy. This paper examines first the opening precepts of the de Malignitate, offering a new interpretation, and then analyses a number of passages in the Lives to try to elucidate exactly how Plutarch adapted and refined Herodotus' history for his own purposes, whilst simultaneously trying to write a history without malice.
Monday 13th May 2013
at 11.00 a.m.
Room IN031, International Building, RHUL
Enquiries to Prof. J.G.F.Powell (Director of Graduate Studies, Classics) J.Powell@rhul.ac.uk
And now a picture from Professor Marincola's lecture (courtesy of Ahuvia Kahane):