New Surveys in the Classics

The New Surveys in the Classics are a series of short books dedicated to key themes and concepts in the classical world. They deal with a wide range of topics, from key figures like Homer and Virgil, to subjects such as Greek tragedy, thought and science, women, slavery, Roman religion, and satire. A New Survey is usually published annually and included as a supplement to a subscription to Greece & Rome for the relevant year.

The latest in the series of New Surveys in the Classics is Volume 47, Plutarch by Geert Roskam.  Plutarch of Chaeronea is one of the most influential and fascinating authors of antiquity. His Parallel Lives and Moralia are storehouses of challenging questions, valuable insights and interesting observations. Moreover, they contain a wealth of quotations from and references to earlier writers and traditions, and thus provide one of the richest gateways to the ancient world. This book introduces the reader to Plutarch’s life and to the different facets of his variegated thinking and writing, such as his tremendous erudition, his Platonism and (moral) philosophy, his interpretation of history and his view of God. Above all, Plutarch stands out as a particularly clever and subtle thinker, driven by a spirit of painstaking enquiry (zetesis) that shows authentic and impressive intellectual honesty and sincere love of the truth. In this respect, as in many others, he remains an inspiring model even for us today.

  • This volume provides an authoritative introduction to the life and works of Plutarch of Chaeronea, one of classical antiquity’s most influential writers, and includes a list of Plutarch’s works and a full bibliography
  • Through discussion of his surviving works, the book examines Plutarch’s views on philosophy, history and religion, and his method of intellectual enquiry (zetesis)
  • This volume considers the value of Plutarch’s works as historical sources, which contain a wealth of quotations from and references to earlier writers and traditions

Other recent titles have included a new edition of Greek Religion by Jan Bremmer; The Sophists by Mauro Bonazzi; and Sophocles by Patrick Finglass.

See a full list of available titles and purchase copies from Cambridge University Press