Book Club | September 2023: Selections from Moralia

Wordcloud: bust of Plutarch

In the beginning, especially, married people ought to be on their guard against disagreements and clashes, for they see that such household vessels as are made of sections joined together are at the outset easily pulled apart by any fortuitous cause, but after a time, when their joints have become set, they can hardly be separated by fire and steel.
from ‘Advice to Bride and Groom’, translation by F. C. Babbitt

We return to Plutarch this month, and will be reading a selection of short pieces from the Moralia.

On the LacusCurtius Plutarch page there is a list of forty-five smaller works (starts about half way down the page).

These include Plutarch’s thoughts about animals, advice for bride and groom, thoughts on the affections of the soul and those of the body, consolation for the bereaved, how to listen to lectures, how to cope with exile or bullying, and various virtues and vices.

So, there should be something for everyone to enjoy! You can read as many of these as you wish, or all of them.

The list on provides references to the Loeb editions, which may be useful for those who have hard copies and prefer to read that way (and it also includes links to and other sites, where available).

As always, discussion starts and continues in the Forum, and we will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, September 26 at 11 a.m. EDT.

Happy readings!