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Philodemus, On Death (W Benjamin Henry (ed)) Paperback Book, (SBL Press, 2009) 9781589834460
Philodemus, On Death (W Benjamin Henry (ed)) Paperback Book, (SBL Press, 2009) 9781589834460
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Title: Philodemus, On Death

Author: Henry, W Benjamin (ed)

Publisher: SBL Press; Publication Date: 2009

Paperback; ISBN: 9781589834460

Volumes: 1; Pages: 194

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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. (The SBL would like to thank Brigham Young University's Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship for graciously funding the additional printing costs that enabled us to include photographs of all the papyrus leaves. Special thanks also to Roger T. Macfarlane of Brigham Young University for facilitating this special funding.)
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