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For many years, Plutarch served as one of the two priests at the temple of Apollo at Delphi (the site of the famous Delphic Oracle) twenty miles from his home.
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By his writings and lectures, Plutarch became a celebrity in the Roman empire; yet he continued to reside where he was born and actively participated in local affairs, even serving as mayor.
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At his country estate, guests from all over the empire congregated for serious conversation, presided over by Plutarch in his marble chair. Many of these dialogues were recorded and published, and the 78 essays and other works which have survived are now known collectively as the Moralia .
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After the horrors of Nero and Domitian and the partisan passions of civil war, Rome was ready for some gentle enlightenment from the priest of Apollo. Plutarch's essays and his lectures established him as a leading thinker in the Roman empire's golden age: the reigns of Nerva, Trajan, and Hadrian.
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The study of judgment in people’s lives was always of paramount importance for Plutarch. In the Moralia , Plutarch expresses a belief in reincarnation.
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Plutarch believed in one unitary god, with different names for its different aspects. In between god and mortal men, Plutarch believed that there was an infinite hierarchy of other beings, who were subject to death and rebirth but on longer cycles. Inasmuch as they had not completely purged all of
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