Plutarch and his Contemporaries

Sharing the Roman Empire

12 International Congress
International Plutarch Society
September 2-5, 2021 online via zoom

Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies

Plutarch and his Contemporaries:
Sharing the Roman Empire

Plutarch lived in the multicultural yet increasingly interconnected world of the Roman empire: a world in which diverse local, linguistic, religious, and political identities were combined with a common education and culture as well as shared everyday experiences. This sense of interconnectedness is apparent in Plutarch’s works in a number of ways, such as in the inclusion of speakers from various backgrounds in dialogues and the exploration of Roman history and culture alongside that of Greece. There is an abundance of parallels between Plutarch and other imperial-period writers with backgrounds that differed from his, reflecting their shared cultural participation.

This conference seeks to discuss Plutarch’s works within the broader context of imperial-period literature and to explore overlaps and points of intersection between Plutarch and other ancient authors of the 1st and 2nd c. CE, including Greek and Roman as well as pagan and Christian writers (including, for instance, Dio Chrysostom, Arrian, and Lucian; Seneca, Quintilian, the two Plinies; Christian apologists and the early Church Fathers).


Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies

International Plutarch Society

Organizing Committee

Katarzyna Jażdżewska (Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies)

Filip Doroszewski (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw)

Joanna Komorowska (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw)

Scientific Committee

Jeffrey Beneker (Madison, United States of America)

Philip Bosman (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Aristoula Georgiadou (Patras, Greece)

Anna Ginestí Rosell (Eichstätt, Germany)

Delfim Leão (Coimbra, Portugal)

Geert Roskam (Leuven, Belgium)

Maria Vamvouri Ruffy (Lausanne, Switzerland)

Alexei Zadorojnyi (Liverpool, UK)


The conference received financial support from Ministry of Education and Science (743/P-DUN/2019).