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Papyri Graecae Herculanenses publishes editiones maiores of works of ancient Greek philosophy, especially Epicureanism and Stoicism, which have been exclusively transmitted by the Herculaneum papyri, with introduction and commentary. Ancient authors range from Epicurus to Chrysippus, from Metrodorus and Colotes to Polystratus, Demetrius Laco, Philodemus, and other Epicurean masters. Novel editorial criteria are adopted and facsimiles of all textual sources are included. The editions benefit from the most recent advancements in the application of noninvasive techniques to Herculaneum papyri.
The series Papyrologica Lugduno-Batava is intended as an international forum for the publication of papyrological, mainly documentary texts, as well as articles and monographs, on the themes of law and society in Ancient Egypt, in particular in the Graeco-Roman period.
The focus of the series lies on the Greek and Demotic sources, however attention is also given to documents in Hieratic, Coptic and Latin.
The series is a publication of the Foundation for the Papyrological Institute of the University of Leiden. The aim of the Foundation is the promotion of the study of Greek and Demotic papyrology in Leiden.
All publications in this series are peer reviewed.
In: Mnemosyne


Scholarship has drawn a contrast between modern uses of metalepsis (illogical transgressions of narrative levels), which are frequently assigned comic effects, and their ancient counterparts, which are deemed more serious. This article argues that in the case of authorial metalepsis, a way of expression presenting the narrator as bringing about the effects he describes, the comic potential was already discovered in antiquity. Case studies from Aristophanes, Plato, Horace, Juvenal, Ovid, and Lucian demonstrate how ancient authors use authorial metalepsis to evoke paradoxical scenes of interaction across different levels of representation that support a mocking presentation of other authors.

In: Mnemosyne


Aelian offers a curious example of how comedy was tied to religion during the Second Sophistic. He describes a votive relief dedicated by the Old Comic poet Theopompus to Asclepius, which he interprets as a symbol of the genre (Theopomp. Com. test. 2 PCG = Ael. fr. 102 Domingo-Forasté). My article situates this passage within the style and purpose of Aelian’s miscellanies, in order to explore how he transforms it into a literary monument that testifies to the god’s concern for Old Comedy—a striking departure from the more negative perceptions of the genre in the literary culture of his time. I propose two possible origins for the anecdote that might illuminate Aelian’s symbolic treatment: an actual votive relief linked to the playwright in an Attic sanctuary of Asclepius, or a comedy by Theopompus himself.

In: Mnemosyne
Brill Research Perspectives in Classical Poetry (RPCPS) is a peer-reviewed book series presenting review volumes with commentary on the current state of the field of Classical Poetry. Volumes provide synthetic reviews of Classical Poetry that reflect the latest research in the field. They cover periods, genres and authors from Homer through Late Antiquity. Authors combine historical, formal, and theoretical analysis, and they present extensive bibliographies of relevant scholarship. In containing both broad overviews of subject areas and detailed advanced criticism, volumes are designed to be useful to scholars, teachers, and students alike.


This article examines the citations from Clement of Alexandria’s Stromata prior to the editio princeps by Piero Vettori (1550) and provides new data on the relationship between that edition and the manuscripts that have preserved this work for future generations.

In: Mnemosyne
In: Mnemosyne
In: Mnemosyne
In the post-Enlightenment world, philosophy and religion have come to occupy different, even opposed, domains. But how were they related before this? What were the commonalities and dissimilarities between them? Did they already contain the seeds of their later division – or do they still share enough in common to allow meaningful conversation between them?

This new Brill series “Ancient Philosophy & Religion” provides an interdisciplinary platform for monographs, edited volumes and commentaries on this issue. It is edited by two leading scholars in the fields it brings together, George Boys-Stones (Ancient Philosophy) and George van Kooten (New Testament Studies), and is supported by an editorial board whose members are known for their work in the area. It invites scholars of ancient philosophy, Classics, early Judaism, ancient Judaism, New Testament & early Christianity, and all other relevant fields, to showcase their research on ancient philosophy and religion and to contribute to the debate.

The series’ subject matter is symbolized by its icon, used by courtesy and permission of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens. It represents a dialogue between philosophers, as shown on one of the reliefs of the funeral sacrificial table (mensa) from the “House of Proclus” on the Southern slope of the Acropolis at Athens, excavated in 1955. Dating from 350-325 BC, the reliefs of the mensa depict, after the lamentation and the farewell, the posthumous encounter of the deceased with the philosophers (1950 NAM 90).

The editors very much welcome proposals for monographs, edited volumes and even commentaries on relevant texts.