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STADTER, Philip Austin

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  • Date of Birth: April 9, 1936
  • Born City: Cleveland
  • Born State/Country: Ohio
  • Parents: John M. & Mary Louise Jones S.
  • Date of Death: February 11, 2021
  • Death City: Pittsboro
  • Death State/Country: NC
  • Married: Lucia Angela Ciapponi, July 6, 1963
  • Education:

    B.A., Princeton, 1958; M.A. Harvard, 1959; Ph.D., 1963.

  • Dissertation:

    “The mulierum virtutes of Plutarch” (Harvard, 1963; published as Plutarch's Historical Methods: An Analysis of the Mulierum Virtutes (Cambridge: Harvard U. Press, 1965).

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Classics,  U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1962-4; asst. prof., 1964-7; also. prof., 1967-71; prof. 1971-2003; chair, Dept. of Classics, 976-86; prof. comp. lit., 1991-2003; Eugene H. Falk Prof. Humanities, 1991-2003; Fulbright Fell., Rome, 1960-1; Guggenheim fell., Florence Italy, 1967-8; NEH fell., 1974-5; fell ACLS, Oxford, England, 1982-3; fell., National Humanities Center,director, APA, 1977-80; Director, Lilly Teaching program, 1990-3; memb. Board of Governors, UNC Press, 1989-2003; president, International Plutarch Society, 1991-3; 1999-2001; asso. editor (Roman studies), GRBS, 1969-78; ed. AJP, 1996-2000; ed. board, Histos, 1996-2000

  • Publications:

    “Flavius Arrianus. The New Xenophon,” GRBS 8 (1967) 155-61; “Special Effects in Plautine Dialogue. Miles Gloriosus, III, ii, CP 63 (1968) 146-7; The Public Library of Renaissance Florence: Niccolò Niccoli, Cosimo de’Medici and the Library of San Marco,  ed. with B.L. Ullman (Padua: Antenore, 1972); “The Structure of Livy's History,” Historia 21 (1972) 287-307; “Thucydidean Orators in Plutarch,” in The Speeches in Thucydides: A Collection of Original Studies with a Bibliography (ed.) (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina Press, 1973) 109-23; “Planudes, Plutarch, and Pace of Ferrara,” Italia medioevale e umanistica 16 (1973) 137-62; “A Match for Alcestis. Plutarch, Mor. 243d,” CQ 25 (1975) 157-8; “Plutarch's Comparison of Pericles and Fabius Maximus,” GRBS 16 (1975) 77-85 (repr. in Essays on Plutarch’s Lives, ed. B. Scardigli (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995) 155-64); “Xenophon in Arrian's Cynegeticus,” GRBS 17 (1976) 157-67; Ärrianus, Flavius,” in Catalogus translationum et commentatorium: Medieval and Renaissance Latin Translations and Commentaries, ed. F. Edward Cranz (Washington, DC: 1976) 3:1-20; “The Ars tactica of Arrian. Tradition and Originality,” CP 73 (1978) 117-28; A Concordance to Arrian (microfiche) with Jay Bolter, (Chapel Hill: Dept. of Classics, University of North Carolina, 1978; rev.ed. Chico, CA: Scholars Press, 1984); Arrian of Nicomedia (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina Press, 1980); “Arrian's Extended Preface,” ICS 6 (1981) 157-71; “The Motives for Athens' Alliance with Corcyra (Thuc. 1.44),” GRBS 24 (1983) 131-6; “Niccolò Niccoli. Winning Back the Knowledge of the Ancients,” in Vestigia. Studi in onore di Guseppe Billanovich, ed. Rino Avesani, M. Ferrari, Tino Foffano, Giuseppe Frasso, & A. Sottili (Rome: Storia & Letter, 1984) 747-64; “Plutarch, Charinus, and the Megarian Decree,” GRBS 25 (1985) 351-72; “The Rhetoric of Plutarch's Pericles,” AncSoc 18 (1987) 251-69; “The Proems of Plutarch's Lives,” ICS 13 (1988) 275-95 (special ed. of ICS devoted to Plutarch, ed. with Jackson P. Hershbell & F.E. Brenk); A Commentary on Plutarch's Pericles (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina Press, 1989); “Fictional Narrative in the Cyropaideia,” AJP 112 (1991) 461-91; “Pericles among the Intellectuals,” ICS 16 (1991) 111-24 (Spanish trans.: “Pericles y los intelectuales,” Polis 5 (1993) 227-40); “Introduzione: vita di Pericle di Plutarco: Tavola cronologica: Giudizi critici; Bibliografia,”in Plutarco: Vita parallele: Pericle e Fabio Massimo (Milan, 1991) 79-131; “Thinking about Historians,” AJP 113 (1992) 81-5; “Paradoxical Paradigms: Lysander and Sulla,” in Plutarch and the Historical Tradition (ed.) (London & New York: Routledge, 1992) 41-55; “Herodotus and the Athenian Arche,” ASNP 22 (1992) 781-809; “Caesarian Tactics and Caesarian Style: Bell. Civ. 1. 66-70,” CJ 88 (1992-3) 217-21; “The Form and Content of Thucydides' Pentecontaetia(1.89-117),” GRBS 34 (1993) 35-72; “Horace, Epistles I.2. 42-43 and Traditional Lore,” CQ 43 (1993) 341-2; “’Subject to the Erotic’: Male Sexual Behavior in Plutarch,” in Ethics and Rhetoric: Classical Essays for Donald Russell on his Seventy-Fifth Birthday, ed. Doreen C. Innes, Harry M. Hine, & Christopher B. R. Pelling (Oxford: Oxford U. Press, 1995) 221-36; “The Classicist’s Thirst,” AJP 117 (1996) 143-4; “Anecdotes and the Thematic Structure of Plutarchean Biography,” in Estudios sobre Plutarco, IV, Aspectos formales, ed. José Antonio Fernández Delgado & Francisca Pondomingo Pardo (Madrid: Ediciones Clássicos, 1996) 291-303; “Herodotus and the North Carolina Oral Narrative Tradition,”Histos 1 (1997) www.dur..ac.uk/Classics/histos; “Plutarch’s Lives: The Statesman as Moral Actor,” in Plutarco y la historia:Actas del V Simposio Español sobre Plutarco, Zaragoza, 20-22 de junio de 1996, ed. C. Schrader, V. Ramón, & J. Vela (Zaragoza: 1996) 65-81; “Philocleon's Fables: Ancient Storytelling and a Modern Analogue,”in Griechische-römische Komödie und Tragödie 2, ed. Bernhard Zimmermann (Stuttgart: M & P, 1997) 35-47; “Arrian,” in The Ancient Greek Authors Dictionary of Literary Biography vol. 176, ed. Ward W. Briggs, Jr. (Detroit, Washington, DC, & London: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1997) 77-84; Plutarch. Nine Greek Lives, trans. R. Waterfield (intro. & notes) (Oxford: Oxford U. Press, 1998); Plutarch. Eight Roman Lives trans. R. Waterfield (intro. & notes) (Oxford: Oxford U. Press, 1999); “Drinking, ‘Table Talk’, and Plutarch's Contemporaries,”in Plutarco, Dioniso y el vino: actas del VI simposio español sobre Plutarco: Cadiz, 14-16 de mayo de 1998, ed. José Guillermo Montes Cala, Manuel Sanchez Ortiz de Landaluce, & Rafael Jésus Gallé Cejudo (Madrid: Ed, Clésicas, 1999) 481-90; “Φιλόσοφος καὶ φίλανδρος: Plutarch's View of Women in the Moralia and the Lives,” in Plutarch's Advice to the Bride and Groom; and A Consolation to His Wife: English Translations, Commentary, Interpretive Essays, and Bibliography, ed. Sarah B. Pomeroy (Oxford: Oxford U. Press, 1999) 173-82; “Foreword” and “Bibliography” to 2nd ed. of Plutarch. Alexander: A Commentary, ed. J.B. Ha,ilton (London: Bristol Classical Press, 1999) vi-xii; “Plato in Plutarch's ‘Lives’ of Lycurgus and Agesilaus,” in Plutarco, Platón y Aristóteles: actas del V Congreso Internacional de la I.P.S. (Madrid-Cuenca, 4-7 de mayo de 1999), ed. Aurelio Pérez Jiménez, José López Pérez, & Rosa María Aguilar (Madrid: Ed. Clásicas, 1999) 475-86; “The Ruler's Virtue and the Empire: Cyrus the Great and Tiberius,” AncW 31 (2000) 163-71; “What Makes Pericles a Leader?,” The Key Reporter 65 (2000) 2-3; “The Rhetoric of Virtue in Plutarch’s Lives,” in Rhetorical Theory and Praxis in Plutarch, Acts of the IV. International Congress, International Plutarch Society, Leuven, Belgium, July 3-6, 1996, ed. Luc Van der Stockt (Leuven: Leuven U. Press, 2000) 493-510; “Historical Thought in Ancient Greece,” in A Companion to Western Historical Thought, ed. Lloyd Kramer & Sarah Maza (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002) 35-59; “Plutarch's ‘Lives and their Roman Readers,” in Greek Romans and Roman Greeks: Studies in Cultural Interaction, ed. Erik Nis Ostenfeld. Karin Blomqvist, & Lisa Nevett (Aarhus: Aarhus U. Press, 2002) 123-35; “Paidagogia pros to theion: Plutarch‚ Äôs Numa,” in Ancient Journeys: A Festschrift in Honor of Eugene Numa, ed. Cathy Callaway (The Stoas: A Consortium for Electronic Publication in the Humanities, 2002); “Plutarch and Trajanic Ideology,” Sage and Emperor: Plutarch, Greek Intellectuals, and Roman Power in the Time of Trajan (98-117 A.D.), ed. with Luc Van der Stockt (Leuven: Leuven U. Press, 2002) 227-41; “Parlare ai sordi: Erodoto, il suo pubblico, e gli Spartani all'inizio della guerra peloponnesiaca,”in Evento, racconto, scrittura nell'antichità classica: atti del convegno internazionale di studi: Firenze, 25-26 novembre 2002, ed. Angel Casanova & Paolo Desideri (U. of Florence: Dipartimento di scienze dell’ ántichità, 2003) 21-34; “Mirroring Virtue in Plutarch's “Lives,” Ploutarchos n.s. 1 (2003-4) 89-96; “Plutarch: Diplomat for Delphi?,” in The Statesman in Plutarch's Works: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference of the International Plutarch Society, Nijmegen/Castle Hernen, May 1-5, 2002. 1: Plutarch's statesman and his Aftermath: Political, Philosophical, and Literary Aspects, ed. Lukas De Blois (Leiden: Brill, 2004) 19-31; “Plutarco fra presente e passato,” Plutarc a la seva època: paideia i societat: actas del VIII simposio español sobre Plutarco (Barcelona, 6-8 de noviembre de 2003), ed. Montserrat Jufresa (Barcelona: Sociedad Españolade Plutarquistes, 2005) 653-8; “Revisiting Plutarch's ‘Lives of the Caesars’,” in Valori letterari delle opere di Plutarco: studi offerti al professore Italo Gallo dall'International Plutarch Society, ed. Aurelio Pèrez Jimènez & Frances Bonner Titchener (Logan, UT: Utah State U., Dept. of History, 2005) 419-35; “Herodotus and the Cities of Mainland Greece,” in The Cambridge Companion to Herodotus,ed. Carolyn Dewald & John Marincola (Cambridge: Cambridge U. Press, 2006) 242-56; “Pliny and the Ideology of Empire: The Correspondence with Trajan,” Prometheus 32 (2006) 61-76; “A Memorial to Herbert Bloch (1911-2006),” JRA 20 (2007) 716-19; “Biography and History,”in A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography, ed. John Marincola (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007) 528-40; “Plutarco e la formazione dell' ideologia traianea,” Plutarco e la cultura della sua età: atti del X convegno plutarcheo: Fisciano-Paestum, 27-29 ottobre 2005, ed. Paola Volpe Cacciatore & Franco Ferrari (Naples: Auria, 2007) 189-204; “Character in Politics,”in A Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought, ed. Ryan K. Balot (Oxford: Blackwell, 2009) 456-70; “Character in Politics,” in A Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought, ed. Ryan K. Balot (Oxford: Blackwell, 2009) 456-70; “Parallels in Three Dimensions,” in Plutarch’s ‘Lives’: Parallelism and Purpose, ed. Noreen M. Humble (Swansea: U. Press of Wales, 2010) 197-216; “Plutarch’s Latin Reading: The Case of Cicero’s ‘Lucullus’,” in Gods, Daimones, Rituals, Myths and History of Religions in Plutarch’s Works: Studies Devoted to Professor Frederick E. Brenk by the International Plutarch Society, ed. Luc Van der Stockt, Frances B. Titchener, Heinz Gerd Ingenkamp, & Aurelio Pérez Jiménez (Málaga: Universidad de Málaga, 2010) 407-18; “Competition and Its Costs: φιλοσοφία in Plutarch's Society and Heroes,” in Virtues for the People: Aspects of Plutarchan Ethics, ed. Geert Roskam & Luc van der Stockt (Leuven: Leuven U. Press, 2011) 237-55; “Plutarch Cites Horace: (Luc. 39.5): But Has He Read Him?,” in Harmonia: scritti di filologia classica in onore di Angelo Casanova, ed. Guido Bastianini, Walter Lapini, & Mauro Tulli (Florence: Firenze U. Press, 2012) 781-93; “Speaking to the Deaf: Herodotus, His Audience, and the Spartans at the Beginning of the Peloponnesian War,” Histos 6 (2012) 1-14; “’Staying up Late’: Plutarch's Reading of Xenophon,” in Xenophon: Ethical Principles and Historical Enquiry, ed. Fiona Hobden & Christopher J. Tuplin (Leiden: Brill, 2012) 43-62; “Thucydides as ‘Reader’ of Herodotus,” in Thucydides and Herodotus, ed. Edith Foster & Donald Lateiner (Oxford: Oxford U. Press, 2012) 39-66; “Henry R. Immerwahr†,” Gnomon 86 (2014) 191; “Plutarch and Rome,” in A Companion to Plutarch, ed. Mark Beck (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014) 13-31; “Plutarch’s Compositional Technique: The Anecdote Collections and the ‘Parallel Lives’,” GRBS 54 (2014) 665-86; “Barbarian Comparisons,” Ploutarchos 12 (2015) 65-82; Plutarch and His Roman Readers (Oxford: Oxford U. Press, 2015); “Sulla’s Three-Thousand-νοῦμμοι Apartment: Plutarch’s Problematic Code-Switching,” in A Versatile Gentleman: Consistency in Plutarch’s Writing: Studies Offered to Luc Van Der Stockt on the Occasion of His Retirement ed. J. Opsomer, Geert Roskam, & F.B. Titchener (Leuvan: Leuvan U. Press, 2016) 197-209.

  • Notes:

    Philip Stadter was a leading figure in the study of Greek historiography and biography, whose scholarship, influence, and friendships extended around the world 

    Following a year in Rome as a Fulbright Fellow, Stadter prepared his dissertation on Plutarch under the direction of Herbert Bloch (1911-2006) and became an internationally respected authority on the historian. It is said that he was invited to teach at Chapel Hilll. at the recommendation of his former fellow student Kenneth J. Reckford, who would be his colleague for nearly 40 years and both men would retire in the same year, 2003.   

  • Sources:

    WhAm 60 (2006) 4498; UNC Classics Department Memorial Notice. 

  • Author: Ward Briggs