Texts and Influences

Friday, September 28, 2018

All workshop sessions will be held in Room 313 at the Center for the Humanities, 432 East Campus Mall.

Background readings and materials for the sessions are available to participants via a shared folder. For access, please send an email to jbeneker@wisc.edu.


  • 8:30-9:00: Coffee and Introductions
  • 9:00-10:00: Leonora Neville, Classical and Biblical Exemplars & the Formation of Character in Byzantium
  • 10:00-10:30: Coffee Break
  • 10:30-12:00: Sophia Xenophontos, Plutarch, George Pisides, and Early Byzantine Panegyric (Reading List)
  • 12:00-1:30: Lunch and Discussion
  • 1:30-3:o0: Noreen Humble, Plutarch and Symeon Metaphrastes (Reading List)
  • 3:00-3:30: Planning a Future Panel

General Background Reading

  • Beneker, Jeffrey. 2011. “Plutarch and Saint Basil as Readers of Greek Literature.” Syllecta Classica 22: 95-111.
  • Humble, Noreen. Forthcoming. “Plutarch in Byzantium.” In F. B. Titchener and A. Zadorojhnyy (eds.), Cambridge Companion to Plutarch. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Humble, Noreen. 2013. “Imitation as Commentary? Plutarch and Byzantine Historiography in the 10th Century.” In G. Pace and P. Volpe Cacciatore (eds.), Gli Scritti di Plutarco: Tradizione, Traduzione, Ricezione, Commento. Naples: M. D’Auria: 219-25.
  • Pade, Marianne. 2007. “The reception of Plutarch in the Roman Empire and in Greek literature down to the thirteenth century.”  In The Reception of Plutarch’s Lives in Fifteenth-Century Italy. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press: 37-59.
  • Xenophontos, Sophia. 2014. “A Living Portrait of Cato: Self-fashioning and the Classical Past in John Tzetzes’ Chiliads.” Estudios Bizantinos 2: 187-204.