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dc.contributor.advisorWorthington, Ianen_US
dc.contributor.authorGilley, Dawn L.en_US
dc.coverage.spatialGreece
dc.coverage.spatialMacedonia
dc.coverage.temporalTo 168 B.Cen_US
dc.coverage.temporal359-323 B.Cen_US
dc.date.issued2009eng
dc.date.submitted2009 Springen_US
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on Sept 10, 2010).en_US
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Dr. Ian Worthington.en_US
dc.descriptionVita.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionPh. D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2009.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- History.en_US
dc.description.abstractPlutarch's On the Fortune or Virtue of Alexander the Great is as much a revelation of Plutarch's philosophical thought as it is a display of his rhetorical skill. Writing during the Second Sophistic movement, Plutarch challenged basic conceptions of philosophy by asking whether it was theory or practice that made a philosopher. He used the life and reign of Alexander the Great as his general framework for analysis. Also, by casting Alexander as a philosopher, an artificial paradox, Plutarch took advantage of events in the king's life, about which his audience would have been well aware, to play on common perceptions of the king, thereby causing some modern scholars to suggest that the work has no historical value. It was through rhetorical exploitation that Plutarch denigrated the Macedonian king, revealing him to be a megalomaniac who cared little for his own men or newly conquered subjects, but more for his own glory. Through this paradox of Alexander as a philosopher, Plutarch concluded that philosophy is both a theoretical and practical pursuit, and that it should be practically applied to one's life. This dissertation not only sheds light on Plutarch's rhetorical skill and view of Alexander, but also elevates the work's standing as a source for the life and reign of the king.en_US
dc.format.extentix, 370 pagesen_US
dc.identifier.oclc694884268en_US
dc.identifier.otherGilleyD-110509-D567en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/9572
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2009 Freely available dissertations (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2009 Dissertations
dc.subject.lcshPlutarch. Alexanderen_US
dc.subject.lcshAlexander, the Great, 356-323 B.Cen_US
dc.subject.lcshMacedonia -- History -- To 168 B.Cen_US
dc.subject.lcshGreece -- Historyen_US
dc.titleDamn with faint praise: a historical commentary on Plutarch's On the fortune or virtue of Alexander the Great 1en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHistoryen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHistoryeng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US


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