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Following is the Call for Papers for the 2013 panel sponsored by the USA section of the International Plutarch Society. The panel will be part of the annual meeting of the American Philological Association, January 3-6, 2013, in Seattle, Washington. Deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 1, 2012.

The Discourse of Marriage in Hellenistic and Imperial Literature

Sponsored by the International Plutarch Society. Organized by Jeffrey Beneker, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Georgia Tsouvala, Illinois State University.

In the introduction to his treatise Advice to the Bride and Groom, Plutarch asserts that “there are many fine subjects of philosophical discourse, but none more important than this discourse of marriage,” and he goes on to provide more than forty precepts that he hopes will make the couple “gentle and amenable to each other.” Plutarch appears to have genuinely believed in the importance of this discourse, returning to it in other philosophical works, such as his study of erotic love between spouses in the Amatorius, his examination of character (including spousal loyalty) in The Virtues of Women, and his touching Consolation to His Wife on the death of their young child. Plutarch also explored the marital relationship less directly in his biographies, through the narration of interactions between husbands and wives in many of the Parallel Lives. Included mainly to supplement the exploration of the character of his biographical subjects, descriptions of marriages and home life nonetheless reveal Plutarch’s views of how a spouse—man or woman—should behave and how a household should be run.

The International Plutarch Society invites abstracts for papers that explore the “discourse of marriage” in Greek and Roman literature from the late Hellenistic through the early Imperial periods. We encourage submissions from any field, including philosophy, biography, history, poetry, and oratory. Our goal is to assemble a panel that explores a variety of aspects of post-Classical writing about marriage in the Greco-Roman world, with a particular emphasis on papers that elucidate Plutarch’s sources and the traditions with which he engaged.

Abstracts should be sent electronically, in MS Word format or PDF, to Jeff Beneker (jbeneker@wisc.edu). In preparing the abstract, please follow the formatting guidelines for individual abstracts that appear in the APA Program Guide, and plan for a paper that takes no more than 20 minutes to deliver. Abstracts will be judged anonymously. Membership in the International Plutarch Society is not required for participation in this panel. The deadline is February 1, 2012.

For more information about the annual meeting of the APA or the format of abstracts, please visit: http://www.apaclassics.org.

For more information about the panel, please contact Jeff Beneker (jbeneker@wisc.edu) or Georgia Tsouvala (gtsouva@ilstu.edu).