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El comité de organización alienta la presentación de comunicaciones que transmitan aportaciones aplicadas o empíricas de interés para entender mejor los “mitos en Plutarco”. Los temas de interés (topics of interest) incluyen, pero no se limitan a, las siguientes áreas temáticas:

  1. Los personajes del mito en las Vidas o en Moralia
  2. Los mitos que Plutarco incluyó, a la manera platónica, en sus diálogos
  3. Historia vs. Mito
  4. Iconografía y mitos en Plutarco
  5. El problema de las fuentes míticas
  6. Otros temas no vinculados con los mitos en Plutarco, como Tradición Clásica, Plutarco en España

The program committee encourages the submission of papers/ articles that communicate applied and empirical findings of interest to “Myths in Plutarc”. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topic areas or themes: 

  1. The characters of myth in the Lives or in the Moralia
  2. The myths which Plutarch included, after the Platonic manner, in his dialogues.
  3. History vs. Myth
  4. Iconography and Mythology in Plutarch
  5. The problem of Mythical Sources
  6. Other themes not limited to Myths in Plutarch, such as Classical Tradition, Plutarch in Spain

Desde la Edad Media y el Renacimiento, la influencia de Plutarco, el polígrafo de Queronea, ha sido enorme. Tanto sus Vidas como su Moralia son fuentes inagotables de información sobre numerosos aspectos del mundo antiguo y su sabiduría, ayudando a los eruditos en su intento de reconstruir el pasado. Esto es cierto tanto para la mitología, la religión, la filosofía, la literatura, la política y la ciencia (botánica, zoología, astronomía o matemáticas) como para las pseudociencias como la adivinación o la astrología.

Dos de las Vidas describen personajes del mito, a saber Teseo y Rómulo. Plutarco se acerca tanto como un historiador como y racionaliza los elementos fantásticos de sus historias. Pero Plutarco fue también autor de una colección de Moralia, muchos de ellos dedicados a temas filosóficos, no limitados a la ética. De este modo, los mitos que Plutarco incluyó, a la manera platónica, en sus diálogos De sera numinis vindictaDe genio Socratis y De facie in orbe lunae constituyen nuestra fuente principal sobre sus puntos de vista sobre la naturaleza y el destino del alma [1].

Pero antes de utilizar todo este material en la reconstrucción de la filosofía de Plutarco, debemos llegar a alguna conclusión sobre la cuestión de cómo Plutarco quería que los mitos fueran considerados. El punto de partida del pensamiento de Plutarco es la totalidad de los mitos y ritos establecidos por la tradición.


Ever since the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the influence of Plutarch, the great writer of Chaeronea, has been enormous. Both his Lives and his Moralia are inexhaustible sources of information about numerous aspects of the ancient world and its wisdom, helping scholars as they attempt to reconstruct the past. This is as true for mythology, religion, philosophy, literature, politics, and science (botanic, zoology, astronomy, or mathematics), as it is for  pseudo-sciences such as divination, astrology, or numerology.

Plutarch of Chaeronea in Boeotia (ca. 45–120 CE) was a Platonist philosopher, best known to the general public as author of his “Parallel Lives” of paired Greek and Roman statesmen and military leaders. Two of the “Lives” describe characters of myth, namely Theseus and Romulus. Plutarch approaches both as an historian and rationalises the fantastic elements of their stories. But Plutarch was the author also of a collection of “Moralia” or “Ethical Essays,” many of them devoted to philosophical topics, not at all limited to ethics. Thus, the myths which Plutarch included, after the Platonic manner, in his dialogues De sera numinis vindicta, De genio Socratis and De facie in orbe lunae constitute our main source for his views on the nature and fate of the soul [1].

But before we use all this material in the reconstruction of Plutarch´s philosophy we must come to some conclusion on the question how Plutarch intended the myths to be regarded. The point of departure of Plutarch´s thought is the totality of myths and rites established by tradition.


[1] Cf. ”The Myth in Plutarch’s De Facie (940F-945D)”, W. Hamilton, The Classical Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Jan., 1934), pp. 24-30.


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1. Languages. Manuscripts may be written in any of the official languages of the IPS: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

2. Format: Manuscripts must be typed or printed double-spaced on letter-size paper (DIN A 4), with a maximum of 30 lines per page and a left-hand margin of not less than 4 cm. The length of communications must not exceed 10 pages without previous agreement with the editors. We should very much appreciate this version on paper to be accompanied by an electronic version (PC Microsoft Word Windows) on either floppy disk or, better still, as an attached file to an e-mail message.

3. Bibliography: The text of the paper should be followed by a list of references, including at least those works cited more than twice in the notes.

4. Quotations in notes: Names of ancient authors should not be capitalized, names of modern authors should be written in versalitas only when in notes or in the bibliography: K. Ziegler (note), but K. Ziegler (main text). If letters in versalitas offer difficulty for the authors, we prefer minuscles to capitals.

A) Frequent quotations (more than twice): Refer to bibliography, citing by author’s name, year of edition, and pages: e.g. K. Ziegler, 1951, col. 800.

B) Single quotations: Either follow the procedure indicated in 5 A) or incorporate the entire reference in the notes, according to the following conventions, which are the same as for the bibliography (with the single exception that in the bibliography the surname should precede the initial, e.g. Ziegler, K., “Plutarchos von Chaironeia”, RE XXI (1951), cols. 636-962.

a) Books: Author (in the case of joint authorship, separated by a comma, with the final name preceded by &), comma, title of work in italics, comma, volume in Roman numerals (where applicable), comma, place of publication, comma, year (with superscript number of editions if not the first, and year of the first edition in parenthesis), comma, and cited pages: D. A. Russell, Plutarch, London, 1973, pp. 3-5.

b) Articles: Author, comma, title in quotation marks, comma, name of the journal (for the abbreviations of journals follow the conventions of L’Année Philologique), comma, volume number in Arabic numerals, year in parenthesis, and pages (without abbreviation if they correspond to the entire article):

–  C. P. Jones, “Towards a Chronology of Plutarch’s Works”, JRS, 56 (1966) 61- 74.

–  C. P. Jones, “Towards a Chronology of Plutarch’s Works”, JRS, 56 (1966), p. 65.

c) Works in collaborative volumes: Cite as with articles, followed by the citation of the collaborative work (if cited several times, according to the same conventions as under 5A above): e.g.: F. E. Brenk, “Tempo come struttura nel dialogo Sul Daimonion di Socrate di Plutarco”, in G. D’Ippolito & I. Gallo (eds.), Strutture formali dei Moralia di Plutarco. Atti del III Convegno plutarcheo, Palermo, 3-5 maggio 1989, Napoli, 1991, pp. 69-82.

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– Authors cited with title of work: X., Mem. 4.5,2-3; Plu., Arist. 5.1; Hom., Od. 10.203.

– Authors cited without title of work: B., I 35; Paus., V 23.5; D. S., XXXI 8.2.

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