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Pseudo-Plutarch is the conventional name given to the actual, but unknown authors of a number of pseudepigrapha attributed to Plutarch, but now known not to have been written by him.

Some of these works were included in some editions of Plutarch's Moralia. Among these are:

These works date to slightly later than Plutarch, but they all date to Late Antiquity (3rd to 4th century AD).

One pseudepigraphal philosophical work, De Fato (included in editions of Plutarch's Moralia), is thought to be a 2nd-century Middle Platonic work.

Stromateis (Στρωματεῖς, "Patchwork"), an important source for Pre-Socratic Philosophy, is also falsely ascribed to Plutarch.[3]

Some works ascribed to Plutarch are likely of medieval origin, such as the "Letter to Trajan."


  1. ^ The writer of this work depended on the (lost) work of the Peripatetic philosopher Aetius (see John Burnet (3rd edition, 1920), Early Greek Philosophy: Section B: Note on the Sources).
  2. ^ Pseudo-Plutarch – The Parallela Minora (online version)
  3. ^ Don E. Marietta, Introduction to Ancient Philosophy, M.E. Sharpe, 1998, p. 190 n. 11.


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  • Boscherini, S. 1985 "A proposito della tradizione del Pro nobilitate pseudo-plutarcheo" in R. Cardini, E. Garin, L. C. Martinelli, G. Pascucci, eds., Tradizione classica e letteratura umanistica. Per Alessandro Perosa. Vol.I. II. (Humanistica.3.4.). (Roma): 651-660.
  • Conti Bizzarro, Ferruccio "Note a Ps.-Plutarch. de musica" MCr 29 (1994): 259-261.
  • Hillgruber, Michael 1994 Die pseudoplutarchische Schrift De Homero. (Stuttgart).
  • Jurado, E.A. Ramos 1990 "Quaestiones ps.-Plutarcheae" in Pérez Jimenez 1990:123-126.
  • Seeliger, Friedrich Konrad 1874 De Dionysio Halicarnassensi Plutarchi qui vulgo fertur in vitis decem oratorum auctore. Dissertation—Leipzig. (Budissae).
  • Smith, Rebekah M. 1992 "Photius on the ten orators" GRBS 33: 59-189.
  • Tieleman, Teun 1991 "Diogenes of Babylon and Stoic embryology: Ps. Plutarch, Plac. V 15.4 reconsidered." Mnemosyne 44:106-125.

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