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.
Plutarch’s ‘Delphic dialogues’—De E apud Delphos, De Pythiae oraculis, and De defectu oraculorum—contain a series of conversations held at Delphi regarding different aspects of the god, the oracle, and the oracular sanctuary. In these dialogues Delphi stands as a touchstone for humans to access divine knowledge through the oracular responses, but also through its physical presence. I argue that through these dialogues Plutarch presents Delphi as an ideal location for philosophical inquiry because it is a sanctuary to a philosophical god whose presence permeates Delphic ritual and cult as well as the physical dedications. The Delphic oracle may no longer play a pivotal role in the political sphere, but Plutarch makes the case for a new role for the sanctuary as a philosophical center where individuals from different schools of thought may gather to share knowledge and work together in their search for deeper understanding.
The presence of astronomical imagery in two consecutive epigrams on the theme of pursued hares in book 9 of the Anthologia Palatina (9.17 and 9.18) both strengthens their ascription to Germanicus Caesar and suggests that his astronomical and literary interests extended beyond the youthful production of a Latin translation of Aratus’ Phaenomena. The meaning of these two epigrams can only be understood fully by paying attention to the interplay of astronomical imagery between them and by considering Germanicus’ innovative account of two constellations in his Aratea: the Dog and the Hare.
This collection includes 6 volumes of the series Papyrologica Lugduno-Batava (1941-2023). It contains publications 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.