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Philodemus (c.110–c.40 BC)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-A084-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Philodemus of Gadara, a Greek epigrammatic poet, was also an influential Epicurean philosopher. Scrolls containing many of his works, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in ad 79, have been partially recovered and deciphered. Their themes include epistemology, theology, ethics, philosophical history, poetics, rhetoric and music. He energetically defends Epicureanism against other philosophies, and his own interpretation of Epicureanism against rival factions. Although not a notably original thinker, Philodemus became highly regarded in educated Roman circles.

Citing this article:
Erler, Michael. Philodemus (c.110–c.40 BC), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-A084-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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