New Philodemus series at Society of Epicurus

The following are the first two in a series of reasonings based on the writings of 1st Century Epicurean philosopher Philodemus of Gadara, who taught philosophy in Rome and whose scrolls were kept in the Herculaneum and, in the year 70, mostly destroyed by the Mount Vesuvius explosion.

His scrolls were rediscovered in recent centuries and fragments have been brought back to see the light of day, which allows us to be able to taste the ripened fruits of Epicurean philosophy as it was taught in a second layer of culture –wealthy Rome, no longer the philosophy’s Hellenic Greek cradle.

Peri Oikonomias (On Property Management) is a commentary on a previous work by the same name that emerged from another school of philosophy.  It presents an Epicurean manual on how to manage our estate.  In these two pieces written for the Society of Friends of Epicurus, I distill the teachings of Philodemus for a contemporary audience and considering how the teachings can be applied in the contemporary world.

On Philodemus’ Art of Property Management (Part I)

On Philodemus’ Art of Property Management (Part II)

About hiramcrespo

Hiram Crespo is the author of 'Tending the Epicurean Garden' (Humanist Press, 2014) and 'How to Live a Good Life' (Penguin Random House, 2020), and founder of He's also written for The Humanist, Eidolon, Occupy, The New Humanism, The Secular Web, Europa Laica, AteístasPR, and many other outlets.
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1 Response to New Philodemus series at Society of Epicurus

  1. noir-realism says:

    I remember coming across Philodemus in my readings of Cicero “Tully” years ago. Since that time I’ve collected a small library of works on this excellent poet of the Epicurean tradition… thanks for the essays! Tully in his speech Against Piso tells us without mentioning his name:

    “Now the Greek of whom I speak was refined not only in philosophy but also in other accomplishments which Epicureans are said commonly to neglect; he composes, furthermore, poetry so witty, neat, and elegant, that nothing could be cleverer…”


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