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The divine Plato among Greeks and Romans: Banquet literature and the making of cultural memory in the Graeco-Roman Empire

Abstract : Paradigmatic figures and memorable episodes from the Greek and Roman past are one of the key materials which underlie the discussions performed in Plutarch’s Quaestiones convivales. In this learned polyphony, largely based on the conversation with ancient authors (hoi palaioi), the “divine Plato” (Per., 8, 2), celebrated as “a philosopher pre-eminent in reputation and in influence” (QC, 700B), assumes the role of a “patron saint” of a new Mediterraneanwide Greek culture. In the opening prologues as in the narrative sequences and the intellectual and ritual practices outlined in this work, Plato emerges as one of the main references of Plutarch’s sympotic community. Through the analysis of this tutelary figure and its cultural significance in the Quaestiones convivales, this paper aims at emphasising the dynamics and strategies which support the making of a shared cultural memory within the Graeco-Roman “Republic of Letters”.
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Anthony Andurand, Corinne Bonnet. The divine Plato among Greeks and Romans: Banquet literature and the making of cultural memory in the Graeco-Roman Empire. Archimède : archéologie et histoire ancienne, UMR7044 - Archimède, 2019, La République « gréco-romaine » des lettres : construction des réseaux savants et circulation des savoirs dans l’Empire romain, HS N°1, pp.42-53. ⟨halshs-02091579⟩

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