Plutarch's Lives "Epaminondas"

Jul 2014
678
Messinia
#11
None that I'm aware of. Plutarch was largely uninterested in such unless it was character defining in some way or unusual (so Pyrrhos, above). No one can guess what Plutarch might or might not have written in his Life. Defenders of Xenophon (only mentions Epameinandas when there was no way he couldn't and, then, in a somewhat less than flattering manner) claim that Plutarch was biased when it came the Theban leaders. Still, anything would be pure guesswork.
Thank you for this. Greatly appreciated.
 
Feb 2019
450
Thrace
#12
You might also like to read what Michel de Montaigne had to say about him in his essay "Of the most excellent men."

Of the Most Excellent Men (the whole text is amazing so don't just skip right up to him)

It does seem like Epaminondas defies criticism of any variety based on ancient descriptions of his deeds and character. He might have very well been the most praiseworthy person who ever lived, all things considered. But of course, we know very little about him to make a just evaluation.
 
Nov 2011
1,046
The Bluff
#14
Wonderful, thank you.

Is it odd that no busts of him were created? Most great men of antiquity had several busts.
Nothing says there weren't. Survival. A bit like the written sources. Many of these survived only through the interest of private collectors and the demand for copies to be made. Such busts will have been similarly copied. Then again, much of central Greece will have had little reason to keep any such given Thebe's relationship with same. Ditto Athens. Should there have been such they would most likely have been in Thebes. Not likely to have survived Alexander's razing of the town I'd think. The Romans had a fatal attraction to Greek art and scuplture and copied many such. There would seem not to have been an Epameinondas to copy.
 
Jul 2014
678
Messinia
#15
Nothing says there weren't. Survival. A bit like the written sources. Many of these survived only through the interest of private collectors and the demand for copies to be made. Such busts will have been similarly copied. Then again, much of central Greece will have had little reason to keep any such given Thebe's relationship with same. Ditto Athens. Should there have been such they would most likely have been in Thebes. Not likely to have survived Alexander's razing of the town I'd think. The Romans had a fatal attraction to Greek art and scuplture and copied many such. There would seem not to have been an Epameinondas to copy.
Fantastic! Thank you very much.

Do you personally believe there was a bust of Epameinondas made?
 

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