SECOND MEETING OF THE
NORTH AMERICAN SECTIONS
INTERNATIONAL PLUTARCH SOCIETY
"Plutarch's Unexpected Silences"
15-18 May, 2019
HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE THEME
SECOND MEETING OF THE
NORTH AMERICAN SECTIONS
INTERNATIONAL PLUTARCH SOCIETY
"Plutarch's Unexpected Silences"
15-18 May, 2019
HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE THEME
SECOND MEETING OF THE
NORTH AMERICAN SECTIONS
INTERNATIONAL PLUTARCH SOCIETY
"Plutarch's Unexpected Silences"
15-18 May, 2019
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5/15/2019  |   10:00 AM - 10:45 AM   |  Hampton Inn Conference Room

The Hermeneutics of Silence in Plutarch's Life of Alexander

The prologue to the Life of Alexander contains one of the most explicit statements relevant to the topic of silence in the Parallel Lives. Plutarch addresses silence there, or, in narratological terms, ellipsis, and tempers the expectation of readers who might expect an account that accentuates the military conquests of the Macedonian. He apprises them that his account will focus on psychologically revealing information. On one level then, silence, or at the very least a dramatic acceleration of narrative pace, will be indicative of events and actions that do not reveal character and personality. This does not seem to always be the case, however. I propose to analyze the narrative structure of the Alexander against the backdrop of our other sources and also Plutarch’s own references to Alexander in his other works to establish a clearer picture of the true nature of silences or ellipses in the Life.

Mark Beck (Primary Presenter), beck.mark.a@gmail.com;
I am an associate professor of classics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

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