In Philo of Alexandria and Greek Myth: Narratives, Allegories, and Arguments, a fresh and more complete image of Philo of Alexandria as a careful reader, interpreter, and critic of Greek literature is offered. Greek mythology plays a significant role in Philo of Alexandria’s exegetical oeuvre. Philo explicitly adopts or subtly evokes narratives, episodes and figures from Greek mythology as symbols whose didactic function we need to unravel, exactly as the hidden teaching of Moses’ narration has to be revealed by interpreters of Bible. By analyzing specific mythologems and narrative cycles, the contributions to this volume pave the way to a better understanding of Philo’s different attitudes towards literary and philosophical mythology.
Francesca Alesse is Senior researcher at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy). She has published monographies on Aristotelian and Stoic ethics, and on Socratic tradition. She has edited a collective volume on Philo of Alexandria and Hellenistic philosophy (Brill 2008).
Ludovica De Luca, PhD 2017, carries out her research activity at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre and Università degli Studi dell’Aquila. She has published articles on Philonic philosophical exegesis and prepared a monograph on Philo’s De Opificio Mundi.
Preface Francesca Alesse
Part 1: Philo of Alexandria and Myth-Telling
1 Philo’s Refashioning of Greek Myth Erich S. Gruen
2 Philo’s Reception of Greek Mythology Geert Roskam
3 Histoires grecques, récits bibliques. la lecture des mythes chez Philon d’Alexandrie Francesca Calabi
4 Polytheos doxa and Mythologein: Philo of Alexandria as a “Historian of Religions” Giulia Sfameni Gasparro
5 Philo’s Struggle with Jewish Myth René Bloch
Part 2: Gods, Heroes, and some Monsters
6 The God of the Philosophers, and the God of Israel Erkki Koskenniemi
7 Philo of Alexandria on Greek Heroes Pura Nieto Hernández
8 Heracles and Philo of Alexandria: The Son of Zeus between Torah and Philosophy, Empire and Stage Courtney J. P. Friesen
9 The Greek Character of Philo’s Biblical Giants: A Reading of QG 2.82 Benjamin Garstad
10 Homer in Philo: Scylla’s Myth in Philonic Philosophical Context Marta Alesso
11 Les « plaies » d’Empédocle et la mythologie infernale chez Philon d’Alexandrie Lucia Saudelli
All interested in the reception of Greek mythological literature into Hellenistic age and, more specifically, Hellenistic Judaism, and to all concerned with the topic of allegorization of Biblical narratives.