Philodemus: On Death

Philodemus: On Death

by W. Benjamin Henry


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Philodemus: On Death by W. Benjamin Henry

On Death, by the Epicurean philosopher Philodemus of Gadara, is among the most significant philosophical treatments of the theme surviving from the Greco-Roman world. The author was an influential figure in first-century B.C.E. Roman society, associated with poets such as Virgil and politicians such as the father-in-law of Julius Caesar. The surviving copies of his treatises were carbonized following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 C.E. This edition contains the Greek text, newly reconstituted with the help of the infrared imaging technology that has revolutionized the study of Philodemus's works in the twenty-first century, and completely translated into English for the first time. An extensive introduction provides background on Philodemus and his writings, accompanying notes enrich the text, and forty-four pages of photographs illustrate the papyrus manuscript from which the translation is drawn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589834460
Publisher: SBL Press
Publication date: 12/31/2009
Series: Writings from the Greco-Roman World Series
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Abbreviations and Editions Used ix


Philodemus xiii

Epicurean Views of Death xvi

Argument of the Treatise xviii

The Papyrus

Opening and Subsequent Developments xxiii

Formal Aspects of the Roll xxv

History of Editorial Work xxviii

The Greek Text

Formal Matters xxxi

This Edition xxxii

Philodemus, On Death: Text and Translation 1

Select Bibliography 97

Index Verborum 101

Photographs 117

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