Chandra Giroux (ed): Plutarch: Cultural Practice in a Connected World. TSO Vol. 3, 2022.
Plutarch and Chaironeia: the two are often synonymous, but Plutarch was not confined to what might be considered a parochial experience. Although Plutarch spent most of his life in his hometown, he travelled extensively and developed friendships and ties to people throughout the Roman Empire. In this way, his view of the world expanded from his local environment to its regional affiliate, and ultimately, to what we may consider the ‘global’ sphere. These three domains – local, regional, and global –, often associated with particular forms of discourse, give meaning to each other and orient Plutarch and his writings in their world writ-large. Plutarch: Cultural Practice in a Connected World seeks to understand how Plutarch engaged with cultural practices in the past and present, and through the landscapes of his local, regional, and global worlds. In this volume, contributors explore topics from dance to athletics, groups of people (‘barbaroi’ and Romans), and places (Sparta and Boiotia). The contributions, on their own and as a whole, shed new light on our understanding of how Plutarch conceived of his interconnected world.