Plutarch

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Born: 046 AD
Died: 127 AD, at 81 years of age.

Nationality: Greek
Categories: Authors, Biographers, Essayists


46 A.D – He was born this year to a prominent family in Chaeronea, Boeotia. He was best known for his works Morallia and Parallel Lives.

 

66 A.D - Plutarch is believed to have had a liberal education at Athens, where he studied physics, rhetoric, mathematics, medicine, natural science, philosophy, Greek, and Latin literature in this year.

 

68 A.D - Plutarch married Timoxena, daughter of Alexion, who bore him four sons, Soclarus, Chairon, Autobulus, and Plutarchus, and one daughter, Timoxena.

 

69 A.D - Among his friends was Lucius Mestrius Florus, a consul during the reign of Vespasian, and Plutarch's guide during his visit to Cremona, where two important battles had been fought in this year, the year of the four emperors Galba, Vitellius, Otho, and Vespasian.

 

75 A.D - He spent much time in Italy between this year and 90; he apparently never mastered the Latin language, though he gained the friendship of notable Romans. The latter half of his life, Plutarch enjoyed the intellectual benefits of the Pax Romana, mostly in Chaeronia.

 

90 A.D - Plutarch, who had seen much of the world, settled in his hometown. When asked to explain his return to the province, he said that Chaeronea was in decline and that it would be even smaller if he did not settle there. For some time, he was mayor. He held many civic positions, both high and low; the most notable one that of head priest of Delphi. He held with distinction for 20 years and elevated to an importance it had not had in his time.

 

105 A.D. - The Lives (often called Parallel Lives) are biographies of soldiers and political leaders of repute, generally presented in pairs of lives, first a Greek, then a Roman, followed by a comparison. Twenty-three of these have survived and four single lives; that is, four comparisons are lacking. There is no detailed chronology, but the Lives were probably published between this year and 115.

 

127 A.D – He passed away this year in Delphi, Phocis. During the latter part of his life, he is thought to have written most of the Lives and some portions of the Moralia.

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