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Philodemus is an important Epicurean philosopher of the first century b.c.e. (ca. 110–ca. 40 b.c.e.). Born in the city of Gadara in the Near East, he lived much of his life in Italy under the patronage of L. Calpurnius Piso and became the leader of a group of Epicureans located in one of Piso’s coun...

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Published in: PHILODEMUS, ON PROPERTY MANAGEMENT p. xi
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: SBL Press 02-13-2013
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Summary: Philodemus is an important Epicurean philosopher of the first century b.c.e. (ca. 110–ca. 40 b.c.e.). Born in the city of Gadara in the Near East, he lived much of his life in Italy under the patronage of L. Calpurnius Piso and became the leader of a group of Epicureans located in one of Piso’s country houses at the town of Herculaneum, in southern Italy. That town was completely destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 c.e. In the mid-eighteenth century, archaeologists working in Herculaneum excavated the so-called Villa of the Papyri, which was plausibly identified with Piso’s
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