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|Title:||Personal grief and public mourning in Plutarch’s consolation to his wife|
|Citation:||American Journal of Philology, 2009; 130(1):67-98|
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins Univ Press|
|Abstract:||In this paper I argue that Plutarch’s consolation letter to his wife is not merely an act of public posturing, but a moving personal document, a public statement on correct grieving, and a demonstration of the syncretistic trend in philosophy in early Imperial times. The letter can be connected to a tradition of ancient consolatory activities which established an ancient form of psychotherapy. Here I draw particular attention to the syncretistic aspect of philosophical stances. The case study provides a new and richer interpretation of this remarkable document, opening up further avenues for the study of the ancient consolation genre.|
|Keywords:||Plutarch, grief, consolation, commonplaces, Plato, Epicurus, Stoics|
|Description:||Copyright © 2009 The Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Appears in Collections:||Classics publications|
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