Resorting to rare sources of antiquity: Nikephoros Basilakes and the popularity of Plutarch’s Parallel Lives in twelfth-century Byzantium

Xenophontos, S. (2014) Resorting to rare sources of antiquity: Nikephoros Basilakes and the popularity of Plutarch’s Parallel Lives in twelfth-century Byzantium. Parekbolai, 4(1), pp. 1-12.

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Abstract

This article examines the Byzantine adaptation of the anecdote of the Lydian king Pythes within Nikephoros Basilakes’ <i>Progymnasma</i> 11 in relation to its earliest surviving source, Plutarch’s <i>Mulierum virtutes</i> 262D–263A. By looking at the ascription accompanying Basilakes’ progymnasma, it additionally argues for the popularity of Plutarch’s <i>Parallel Lives</i> in Komnenian Byzantium.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Xenofontos, Dr Sofia
Authors: Xenophontos, S.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Classics
Journal Name:Parekbolai
Publisher:Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
ISSN:2241-0228
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Author
First Published:First published in Parekbolai 4(1):1-12
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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