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How to Date the Timeless? The Difficult Problem of the Pseudo–Pythagorean Treatises On Kingship

Abstract : This article provides a critical examination of the main parallels between the pseudo–Pythagorean treatises On Kingship and Plutarch’s political thinking. The pseudo–Pythagoreans and Plutarch basically agree that the good king (1) imitates God, (2) controls his own passions and is governed by reason, (3) is a model for his subjects and (4) is an ‘animate law’. However, every author also had his own agenda, and it is methodologically unsound to ignore the specific voluntas auctoris. Merely listing parallel ideas, then, does not provide reliable information for the date of Diotogenes, Sthenidas and Ecphantus.
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Geert Roskam. How to Date the Timeless? The Difficult Problem of the Pseudo–Pythagorean Treatises On Kingship. KTÈMA Civilisations de l'Orient, de la Grèce et de Rome antiques, Université de Strasbourg, 2020, Les traités néopythagoriciens Sur la royauté, 45, pp.125-142. ⟨halshs-03070199⟩

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