ABOUT THIS BOOK
The first English translation of On Anger
This latest volume in the Writings from the Greco-Roman World series provides a translation of a newly edited Greek text of Philodemus’s On Anger, now supplemented with the help of multispectral imaging. As 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, this text is crucial to the study of ancient thought about the emotions. Its critique of contemporary Stoic and Peripatetic theories of anger offers crucial new information for the history of philosophy in the last two centuries BCE. The introduction and commentary also make use of newly revised texts and readings from several other ancient treatises on anger.
- An apparatus representing work on the text since the papyrus was opened in 1805
- A full explication of the Epicurean theory of natural anger as an emotion without pleasure
- One of the Herculaneum papyri that survived the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE