Plutarch of Chaeronea (C. 46-After 119, Before 127 Ce) - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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Plutarch, a Greek biographer and Platonic philosopher, was born in Chaeronea, Boeotia. His teacher was Ammonius, an Egyptian Platonist who resided in Athens and was head of a school that he called the Academy. After his studies (c. 90?) Plutarch established a philosophical school in Chaeronea. Plutarch held important public offices and was a priest at Delphi for twenty years or more. His extant writings include forty-eight biographies and various other works (Moralia): dialogues; diatribes; theoretical treatises; essays; collections of anecdotes; moralistic lectures; and polemical, antiquarian, and exegetical works. Several dialogues have Delphi as their setting and are concerned with the oracle and other religious problems. Socrates' Daemonic Sign has a historical setting. It portrays Plutarch's circle of friends and students. Table-Talks is a long collection of conversations on a wide range of questions.

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Plato's dialogues, especially the Timaeus, but also Platonic...

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