Plutarch and the Persica

Almagor, Eran
Date published: 
July 2018

The latest volume in our series Edinburgh Studies in Ancient Persia bridges the gap between Plutarch Studies and Achaemenid Studies through analysis of key texts. It addresses two historical mysteries. The first is the content and character of the fourth century BCE Greek works on the Persian Achaemenid Empire treatises called the Persica. The second is the method of work of the second century CE biographer Plutarch of Chaeronea (CE 45-120) who used these works to compose his biographies, in particular the Life of the Persian king Artaxerxes.