Philodemus, On Anger

David Armstrong, Michael McOsker


Series: Writings from the Greco-Roman WorldVolume: 45
Publisher: SBL PressPublication Date: 2020 ISBN: 08


This English translation of On Anger provides a newly edited Greek text of one of the most important Herculaneum papyri, the only collection of literary texts to survive the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE. On Anger is our sole evidence for the Epicurean view of what constitutes natural and praiseworthy anger, as distinguished from unnatural pleasure in vengeance and cruelty for their own sake, a view that can be shown to have influenced Latin authors such as Cicero, Horace, and Virgil.

David Armstrong is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Classics at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Horace (1989) as well as many articles on Hellenistic philosophy, ancient literary criticism, and Augustan poetry.

Michael McOsker will be an Alexander von Humboldt Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Cologne. He currently teaches in the Classics Department at Ohio Wesleyan University. His book On the Good Poem according to Philodemus is forthcoming.