Philosophy and Religion

St. John's College - Washington College Seminar

Spring 2013: Plutarch’s Life of Cato the Younger

On Wednesday, March 20th, the Department of Philosophy and Religion will host a seminar on Plutarch’s portrait of Cato the Younger, Roman statesman and Stoic philosopher.  The seminar will be co-led by Thomas May, St. John’s Tutor, and Matthew Holtzman from the Department of Philosophy and Religion, and will take place from 4.30 until around 6 p.m. in the Hodson Faculty Lounge. There will be light refreshments.   

The St. John’s Seminar Format

The discussion will be conducted in the spirit of the evening seminars at St. John’s.  The format for these seminars is discussed briefly here.    

The Text

We will use the Perrin translation from the Loeb edition of the Lives, which is now in the public domain.  We also recommend that participants read, as an introduction, the supplemental passages included in the complete reading packet for the discussion.   

Hard copies of the reading packet are available in the alcove outside Smith 114.

A searchable text version of the Plutarch text only is available through the University of Chicago.

A complete reading packet, including the Perrin translation and supplemental passages from Epictetus and Plutarch’s Life of Alexander, is available in two files here and here.

Finally, a document with only the supplemental passages is available here.

Please contact Matthew Holtzman with questions (