Epicurus and Epicurean philosophy

A selection of references. Further references are to be added progressively. Open Library links and cover thumbnails are being inserted if available.

• 2013

Blank, David, ‘Philodemus’, in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 10/4/2013.

Dorandi, Tiziano (ed.), Diogenes Laertius: Lives of Eminent Philosophers (Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries, 50), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013. A CNRS page for Tiziano Dorandi includes a 2009 list of his works published or in preparation. [Book X of the Lives concerns Epicurus and includes texts of his Letters to Herodotus, Pythocles and Menoeceus, and the Principal Doctrines.]

Slattery, Luke, Reclaiming Epicurus, Camberwell VIC, Penguin, (pbk) 2013. Also available as an ebook.

Woolerton, Emma. ‘Lucretius, part 1: a poem to explain the entire world around us’, Guardian 21/1/2013. The first in a series of nine articles, the ninth published on 18/3/2013.


• 2012

Pursuits of wisdom: six ways of life in ancient philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus; Cooper, John M. [Socratic, Aristotelian, Stoic, Epicurean, Sceptic and Platonist approaches. Cf. his John Locke Lectures (2011) on ‘Ancient Greek Philosophies as a Way of Life’.]

Sir John Vanbrugh and the Vitruvian landscape; Caroline Dalton. [Includes consideration of philosophical influences on landscape and garden design.]

Parthenope: the interplay of ideas in Vergilian bucolic; Gregson Davis [(Mnemosyne, Supplement 346), Leiden, Brill, 2012. Description.]

The invention and gendering of Epicurus; Pamela Gordon [Caricatures of Epicurus and Epicureanism in antiquity can nevertheless provide useful glimpses of Epicureans and the Epicurean tradition.]

Holmes, Brooke, and W. H. Shearin (ed.), Dynamic Reading: Studies in the Reception of Epicureanism (Classical Presences), Oxford – New York, Oxford University Press, 2012. [Apparently not yet in Open Library. Description in Oxford Scholarship Online.]

Inwood, Brad (ed.), Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, vol. 42, Oxford – New York, Oxford University Press, 19 July 2012. [Includes Sean McConnell, ‘Cicero and Dicaearchus’ (chap. 8; Dicaearchus, a pupil of Aristotle, was approximately contemporary with Epicurus); Jaap Mansfeld, ‘Will and Free Will in Antiquity: A Discussion of Michael Frede, A Free Will (chap. 9).]

Kamtekar, Rachana (ed.), Virtue and Happiness: Essays in Honour of Julia Annas (Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy), Oxford – New York, Oxford University Press, 2012 (hbk and pbk). [Includes: chap. 13: A.A. Long, ‘Plotinus, Ennead 1.4 as Critique of Earlier Eudaimonism’;14: Paul Bloomfield, ‘Eudaimonia and Practical Rationality’; 15: Mark LeBar and Nathaniel Goldberg, ‘Psychological Eudaimonism and Interpretation in Greek Ethics’; 16: Scott LaBarge, ‘How (and Maybe Why) to Grieve like an Ancient Philosopher’.]

Lucretius and his sources: a study of Lucretius, “De rerum natura” I 635-920; Francesco Montarese [Lucretius, Epicurus and the Presocratics; includes a revised edition of fragments of Epicurus, On Nature 14-15.]


• 2011

Adamson, Peter, History of Philosophy without any gaps, King’s College London [a series of audio presentations available for download], 55: The Constant Gardener: Epicurus and his Principles; 56: Am I Bothered?: Epicurean Ethics; 57: Nothing to Fear: Epicureans on Death and the Gods; 58: Reaping the Harvest: Lucretius; 59: James Warren on Epicureanism.

Colomo, Daniela, and Juan Chapa (ed.), The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, vol. LXXVI, with contributions by various scholars (Graeco-Roman Memoirs, 97), London, Egypt Exploration Society, 2011, no. 5077, ed. Dirk Obbink and Stefan Schorn, plates IV-V. Oxyrhynchus, late first/ early second century AD, remains of two columns written on the recto of a papyrus roll. Fragments of one or two letters by Epicurus (and another?), arguably from a lost collection of Epicurus’ letters: (1) reference to the circulation of letters and plans for travel to Samos; (2) polemic against the Pythagoreans and their theory of numbers. Described: P.J. Parsons, ‘New Greek Texts from Oxyrhynchus’, British Academy Review 14, November 2009, 28-31, at pp. 30-31, fig. 4: Sailing to Samos, a new letter of Epicurus (p. 31). Oxyrhynchus Online: images. LDAB 140281. Mertens-Pack3 364.11.

Epicurus and the Epicurean tradition; Jeffrey Fish. [Contributions by various authors, ed. Jeffrey Fish and Kirk R. Sanders. Review: BMCR.]

The Oxford handbook of free will; Kane, Robert [Kane, Robert (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Free Will (Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy), 2nd ed., Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011. 1st ed., 2001.]

Apprendre à philosopher avec Epicure; Benoît Schneckenburger .

The swerveThe swerve: how the world became modern; Stephen Greenblatt. Reviewed: New York Review of Books 8/12/2011 (Anthony Grafton, ‘The most charming pagan’).


For some further titles from 2011 cf. ‘Epicurean philosophy: some recent bibliography’.


• 2010

The return of Lucretius to Renaissance Florence; Alison Brown. Brown, Alison. The Return of Lucretius to Renaissance Florence (I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History), Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press, 2010.

Castagnoli, Luca, Ancient Self-Refutation: The Logic and History of the Self-Refutation Argument from Democritus to Augustine, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Delattre, Daniel, and Jackie Pigeaud (dir.), Les Épicuriens (Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 564), Paris, Gallimard, 2010. [Translations of Epicurean texts, by various translators. Australian holdings: apparently no holdings. UK: Copac lists British Library and Cambridge.]

Lippi, Donatella (ed.), Díaita: The Rules of Health in the Manuscripts of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, with a preface by Maria Prunai Falciani (The Library on Display, 3), Florence, Mandragora, 2010. Catalogue of an exhibition held in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, 13 February – 26 June 2010. [Item no. 4, Epicurus’ Letter to Menoeceus, occurs in a Latin version of Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, Book X, in the manuscript Pluteo 65.21 (fifteenth century). An online image shows the beginning of Book X.]

Epicureanism; Tim O’Keefe 

Death and mortality in contemporary philosophy; Bernard N. Schumacher .


• 2009

Bietenholz, Peter G., Encounters with a Radical Erasmus: Erasmus’ Work as a Source of Radical Thought in Early Modern Europe (Erasmus Studies), Toronto, Ont., University of Toronto Press, 2009.

Dorandi, Tiziano, Laertiana: Capitoli sulla tradizione manoscritta e sulla storia del testo delle “Vite dei filosofi” di Diogene Laerzio (Beiträge zur Altertumskunde, 264), Berlin – New York, de Gruyter, 2009. [Apparently not in Open Library. Dorandi is preparing a new edition of Diogenes Laertius, Lives.]

Hammerstaedt, Jürgen, and Martin Ferguson Smith, ‘Diogenes of Oinoanda: The Discoveries of 2009 (NF 167-181)’, Epigraphica Anatolica 42, 2009, 1-38.

Leddy, Neven, and Avi Lifschitz, Epicurus in the Enlightenment, Oxford, Voltaire Foundation, 2009.

Lyons, John D., and Kathleen Wine, Chance, Literature, and Culture in Early Modern France, Aldershot, Farnham, 2009.

Morel, Pierre-Marie, Épicure: La nature et la raison (Bibliothèque des philosophies), Paris, Vrin, 2009.

The history of western philosophy of religion[Oppy, Graham Robert, and Nick Trakakis (ed.), The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, vol. 1: Ancient Philosophy of Religion, Durham, Acumen, 2009. Includes John Penwill, ‘Epicurus’ (chap.5).]


• 2008

The epicurean theory of mind, meaning, and knowledge; David Swift.

The Cambridge companion to epicureanism; [Ed. James Warren.]

Epicureanism at the origins of modernity; Catherine Wilson 


• 2007

Gillespie, Stuart, and Philip Hardie (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2007. [Apparently not in Open Library.]

Nature of Things; trans. by A.E. Stallings.; Titus Lucretius Carus [Lucretius: The Nature of Things, introduction by Richard Jenkyns (Penguin Classics), London – New York, Penguin, 2007 (verse).]


• 2005

Algra, Keimpe, Jonathan Barnes, Jaap Mansfeld and Malcolm Schofield (ed.), The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy, Cambridge – New York, Cambridge University Press, 1999; paperback ed., 2005. Includes Tiziano Dorandi, ‘Chronology’ (chap. 2).

Konstan, David, ‘Epicurus’, in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 10/1/2005, revised 18/2/2009.

Epicurus on FreedomEpicurus on Freedom; Tim O’Keefe




Lucretius and the Transformation of Greek WisdomLucretius and the Transformation of Greek Wisdom; David N. Sedley [2nd ed.; 1st ed., 1998.]



• 2002

Philodemus in Italy: The Books from Herculaneum (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)Philodemus in Italy: The Books from Herculaneum (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism); Marcello Gigante. [See also under 1995.]


Epicurus and Democritean EthicsEpicurus and Democritean Ethics: An Archaeology of Ataraxia (Cambridge Classical Studies); James Warren. [Warren, James, Epicurus and Democritean Ethics: An Archaeology of Ataraxia,   Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002. Reviewed: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2002.10.01 (Jeffrey S. Purinton); Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2003.05.03 (Tim O’Keefe).]



• 1999

Reason and emotionReason and emotion: essays on ancient moral psychology and ethical theory; Cooper, John M. [Princeton NJ, Princeton University Press, 1999. Includes ‘Pleasure and Desire in Epicurus’ (chap. 22, pp. 485-514).]


Zur Rezeption der hellenistischen Philosophie in der SpätantikeZur Rezeption der hellenistischen Philosophie in der Spätantike: Akten der 1. Tagung der Karl-und-Gertrud-Abel-Stiftung vom 22.-25. September 1997 in Trier; Karl-und-Gertrud-Abel Stiftung. Tagung. [Fuhrer, Therese, and Michael Erler (ed.). Includes: J. Althoff, ‘Zur Epikurrezeption bei Laktanz’; D.J. O’Meara, ‘Epicurus Neoplatonicus’. Reviewed: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2000.12.09 (Peter Lautner).]


Vies et doctrines des philosophes illustresVies et doctrines des philosophes illustres; [Diogène Laërce: Vies et doctrines des philosophes illustres, traduction française sous la direction de Marie-Odile Goulet-Cazé, Paris, Le Livre de poche, 1999.]


Diogenes Laertius Vitarum Philosophorum LibriDiogenes Laertius Vitarum Philosophorum Libri: Libri I-X (Bibliotheca Teubneriana, 1); Miroslav Marcovich. [3 vols., 1999-2001. Vol. I: Libri I-X; Vol. II: Excerpta Byzantina; Vol. III: Indices, by Hans Gärtner. Reviews include: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2000.07.09 (vols. I-II, Robert Todd). Australian holdings: only Monash University Library?]



Everson, Stephen (ed.), Ethics (Companions to Ancient Thought, 4), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998. Includes David Sedley, ‘The Inferential Foundations of Epicurean Ethics’ (chap. 6).

Paradosis and survivalParadosis and survival: three chapters in the history of Epicurean philosophy; Diskin Clay. [Clay, Diskin, Paradosis and Survival: Three Chapters in the Epicurean Philosophy, Ann Arbor MI, University of Michigan Press, 1998. Reviewed: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 1999.11.14 (Pamela Gordon).]



Armstrong, John M., ‘Epicurean Justice’, Phronesis 42(3), 1997, 324-334.



Epicurus in LyciaEpicurus in Lycia: The Second-Century World of Diogenes of Oenoanda; Pamela Gordon [hardcover ed., 1997]


• 1995

Philodemus in ItalyPhilodemus in Italy: the books from Herculaneum; Marcello Gigante. [Gigante, Marcello, Philodemus in Italy: The Books from Herculaneum, trans. Dirk Obbink, Ann Arbor MI, University of Michigan Press, 1995. Reviewed: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 96.9.24 (Alan C. Mitchell). See also under 2002.]


• 1994

The Epicurus readerThe Epicurus reader: selected writings and testimonia; Epicurus. Trans. and ed. Brad Inwood and L.P. Gerson.


Everson, Stephen (ed.), Language (Companions to Ancient Thought, 3), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1994. Includes Stephen Everson, ‘Epicurus on Mind and Language (chap. 5).


• 1991

Everson, Stephen (ed.), Psychology (Companions to Ancient Thought, 2), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1991. Includes Julia Annas, ‘Epicurus’ Philosophy of Mind’ (chap. 5).


• 1990

Asmis, Elizabeth, ‘Philodemus’ Epicureanism’, ANRW 2.36.4 (1990), pp. 2369-2406.

Everson, Stephen (ed.), Epistemology (Companions to Ancient Thought, 1), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1990. Includes Stephen Everson, ‘Epicurus on the Truth of the Senses’ (chap. 8, pp. 161-183).

Lukrez, der Kepos und die Stoiker: Untersuchungen zur Schule Epikurs und zu den Quellen von “De rerum natura”; Schmidt, Jürgen 


• 1977

Glossarium Epicureum; Hermann Usener. [Ed. M. Gigante et W. Schmid. An expanded version of Usener’s glossary. Cf. Usener, Epicurea (1887).]


• 1973

Arrighetti, Graziano, Epicuro, Opere. Introduzione, testo critico, traduzione e note, 2nd ed. (Biblioteca di cultura filosofica, 41), Turin, Einaudi, 1973. 1st ed., 1960.


• 1972

EpicurusEpicurus: An Introduction; John M. Rist. [Reviewed: Classical Review N.S. 28, 1978, 90-92 (J.B. Skemp).]



• 1968

A Greek-English lexicon; Henry George Liddell. [9th ed., with Supplement, 1968; 9th ed., with a Revised Supplement, 1996. See also under 1940. An online version: The Online Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek-English Lexicon (TLG).]


• 1967

Opere.: Introduzione, traduzione e note di Graziano Arrighetti.; Epicurus. [See also under 1960. 2nd ed., 1973.]


• 1964

Letters, Principal Doctrines and Vatican sayingsLetters, Principal Doctrines and Vatican sayings: Epicurus; Russel M. Geer.


Long, H.S., Diogenis Laertii Vitae Philosophorum (Scriptorum classicorum bibliotheca Oxoniensis [Oxford Classical Texts]), 2 vols., Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1964. [Apparently not in the Open Library.]


• 1960

Arrighetti, Graziano, Epicuro, Opere. Introduzione, testo critico, traduzione e note (Classici della Filosofia, IV), Turin, Einaudi, 1960. 2nd ed., 1973. Includes Principal Doctrines (pp. 119-137). Online version (TLG): PD; VS.


• 1954

Epicurus and his philosophy.; Norman Wentworth De Witt 

St. Paul and Epicurus.; Norman Wentworth De Witt 


• 1940

A Greek-English lexicon; H. G. Liddell. [Henry George Liddell and Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, Oxford, Clarendon, 1940. An online version: Perseus. See also under 1968.]


• 1934

Epicurus in England (1650-1725); Thomas Franklin Mayo [Dallas TX, Southwest Press, 1934. Thesis, Columbia University. For another view cf. Stuart Gillespie, ‘Lucretius in the English Renaissance’, in The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius (2007), chap. 15.]


• 1928

The Greek atomists and Epicurus: a study; Cyril Bailey.

Epicuri et Epicureorum scripta in herculanensibus papyris servata, edidit adnotationibus et indicibus instruxit, tabulis exornavit Achilles Vogliano.; Epicurus. 


• 1926

Epicurus, the extant remains.; Epicurus. [Cyril Bailey (ed.), Epicurus: The Extant Remains, with Short Critical Apparatus, Translation and Notes, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1926; repr., Hildesheim, Olms, 1970, 1990; repr., Westport CT, Hyperion, 1979.]


• 1922

Epicuri epistulae tres et ratae sententiae e Laertio Diogene ServataeEpicuri epistulae tres et ratae sententiae e Laertio Diogene Servatae: in usum scholarum edidit P. von der Mühll. Accedit Gnomologium Epicureum vaticanum.; Epicurus. [Cf. T. Dorandi, Laertiana (2009), VI. Appendice: ‘Peter Von der Mühll editore di Diogene Laerzio’ (pp. 229-245).]


• 1921

Epikurs Philosophie der Lebensfreude.; Schmidt, Heinrich [(Kröners Taschenausgabe), Stuttgart, Kröner, 1921. Available in the Internet Archive. A translation into Greek by Andreas Dalezios (1926) has been republished by Εκδόσεις Βερέττας (Verettas Publishing) (2010): Η φιλοσοφία της χαράς της ζωής. A decade after the Greek translation, a Chinese translation appeared: Ebijiu di le sheng zhe xue, trans. Junzhe Zheng (series: Bai ke xiao cong shu), [Nanjing], Shang wu yin shu guan, 1935, also Shanghai 1936, Beijing 2007 (details from WorldCat; apparently not in Open Library). Cf. ‘Heinrich Schmidt (philosopher)’, in Wikipedia.]


• 1914

Das Leben und die Lehre Epikurs, Diogenes Laertius, Buch X: ubersetzt und mit kritischen Bemerkungen versehen; Diogenes Laertius. [Kochalsky, Arthur (trans.), Das Leben und die Lehre Epikurs: Diogenes Laertius, Buch X, übersetzt und mit kritischen Bemerkungen versehen, Leipzig, Teubner, 1914. Internet archive: Letter to Menoeceus; Principal Doctrines.]


 • 1904

From Epicurus to ChristFrom Epicurus to Christ: a study in the principles of personality.; William De Witt Hyde [The author prefers Christianity to Epicureanism, Stoicism, Platonism and Aristotelianism. The Internet Archive has two copies, one showing ‘Haverford Library Lectures’ above the title and with a page about the lectures before the Preface, and one without these features. The Open Library registers both; the entry for the latter is linked here.]


• 1903

De rerum natura liber tertiusDe rerum natura liber tertius; Titus Lucretius Carus 
• 1899

Grenfell, B.P., and A.S. Hunt (ed.), The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, vol. II, London, Egypt Exploration Fund, 1899, no. 215, ‘Philosophical Fragment’ (pp. 30-33, no plate). [Available in the Internet Archive. London, British Library, Pap. 1182. 3 columns on the recto of a papyrus roll. Leuven Database of Ancient Books, no. 849. Text, interpretation and dating have been revised; details are to be added.]


• 1892

Usener, Hermann. ‘Epikureische Schriften auf Stein’, Rheinisches Museum für Philologie 47, 1892, 414-456.  [Available in the Internet Archive and in the Digitale Sammlungen der Universität zu Köln (pdf).]

Cousin, G[eorges], ‘Inscriptions d’Œnoanda’, Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique 16, 1892, 1-70. [Available online at Persée: Revues scientifiques. The Open Library entry for Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique has a number of links for the journal.]


• 1888

Wotke, C. [K.], and H. Usener, ‘Epikurische Spruchsammlung’, Wiener Studien 10(2), 1888, 175-201 (Greek text, pp. 191-198). [Codex Vaticanus graecus 1950, fol. 401v – 404. In the transcription Wotke corrects the text of the Vatican Sayings, e.g. in the light of the Principal Doctrines; it is therefore necessary to check the apparatus and introductory section for some of the readings of Vaticanus.] [Available in the Internet Archive. Cf. Th. Gomperz, ‘Zur epikurischen Spruchsammlung’, ibid., 202-210. [Leo Sternbach, ‘De Gnomologio Vaticano inedito’ (Fortsetzung aus Jarhgang X, Heft I), ibid., 211-260, refers to a different collection of sayings in a different Vatican manuscript.] See also von der Mühll (ed.), Epicuri Epistulae tres et Ratae Sententiae (1922), pp. 60-69; Bailey, Epicurus: The Extant Remains (1926), pp. 106-119, 375-388; Arrighetti, Epicuro, Opere (1960, 21973), pp. 138-157, 505-520; etc.]


• 1887

Epicurea; Epicurus. [Ed. Hermann [Hermannus] Usener. Indexed in the Open Library under Hermann or Hermannus Usener, also Hermann Vsener. Available in the Internet Archive, under Hermann Usener or Vsener. A comprehensive collection of Epicurean texts, including Principal Doctrines.]


• 1880

Epicureanism.Epicureanism.; Wallace, William



• 1879

Gomperz, Th., ‘Die Ueberreste eines Buches von Epikur ΠΕΡΙ ΦΥϹΕΩϹ’, Wiener Studien 1, 1879, 27-31. [Epicurus, On Nature. See also under 1876.]


• 1876

Gomperz, Th., ‘Neue Bruchstücke Epikur’s, insbesondere über die Willensfrage’, Sitzungsberichte der kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, philosophisch-historische Classe, Band 83, Heft 1, 1876, 87-98. Nos. 1-12. [Epicurus, On Nature. See also under 1879.]


• 1870

Duening, Hermannus Henricus Adalbertus [Hermann Heinrich Adalbert], De Metrodori Epicurei vita et scriptis, accedunt fragmenta collecta digesta illustrata, Leipzig, Teubner, 1870. [A survey of the sources for reconstructing the life and works of Metrodorus; a study prompted by work on the Herculaneum finds. Two copies are available in the Internet Archive, differing in their title page: Dissertatio inauguralis, Halle, 1870; Leipzig, Teubner, 1870.]


•  1678

Disputationes de Deo et providentia divina …; Parker, Samuel [London, Clark, 1678.]


Bibliographical details given above are based on information to hand. Some website details will become out of date and will need to be amended. Open Library links and cover thumbnails are inserted by means of the OpenBook Book Data plug-in for WordPress by John Miedema.

A particular point of interest in forming this bibliography is to provide a reference for clarifying the adequacy of holdings in Australian libraries. It is hoped that the information will be of more general interest as well. Information on Australian holdings is available via Trove, a search service of the National Library of Australia.

For works in modern Greek relating to Epicurus and Epicureanism there are bibliographies on the websites of the Friends of Epicurean Philosophy, Garden of Athens, and Garden of Salonica (Thessaloniki). The website Epicurean Philosophy Online (epicurus.info) has a short bibliography (latest title, 2003) and in the associated wiki a longer bibliography (to 2006). The NewEpicurean website has a NewEpicurean Library page with links to selected primary and secondary sources on the Internet.

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