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Type: Journal article
Title: Personal grief and public mourning in Plutarch’s consolation to his wife
Author: Baltussen, J.
Citation: American Journal of Philology, 2009; 130(1):67-98
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Press
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0002-9475
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Han Baltussen
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
RMID: 0020090453
DOI: 10.1353/ajp.0.0044
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