Epikur, Brief an Menoikeus. Edition, Übersetzung, Einleitung und Kommentar, Basel 2014, 378pp. (Publisher)

This volume offers the first critical edition of Epicurus’ Letter to Meneoceus since 1973 with a German translation and the first extensive commentary of this central text for Epicurean           ethics. The comprehensive introduction provides inter alia a history of Greek philosophical exhortation and an analysis of the letter’s style, language and argumentation in the                 framework of philosophical literature in 4th/3rd century BC.

The book has been reviewed by: D. Konstan, Classical World 108 (2014/5) 574-576; F. Verde, Anz. f. d. Altertumswissenschaft, LXVII, July/Oct. 2014, 175-180; E. Spinelli,                            ; E. Piergiacomi, Παρ’ ἡμᾶς. Note di confronto su due studi recenti sull’etica di Epicuro, Syzetesis II.2 (2015) 131-154.

Edited volume

(with M. Erler): Argument und literarische Form in antiker Philosophie. Akten des 3. Kongresses der Gesellschaft für antike                     Philosophie 2010, Berlin/Boston 2013, 620pp. (Publisher)

This volume provides the proceedings of the international conference “Argument and literary form in ancient philosophy” with contributions on philosophical writings from the 6th                  century B.C. to the 6 century A.D. 

(with M. Erler and F. Petrucci): Collective volume “Authority and Use of Authoritative texts in the Platonist Tradition”. Role: Editor

     with Michael Erler and Federico Petrucci (under contract with Cambridge University Press).

Translation (from Italian into German)

P. Podolak: Soranos, Περὶ Ψυχῆς. Sammlung der Testimonien, Kommentar und Einleitung. Edited with the cooperation of J.E.                 Heßler, Berlin/New York 2010. (Publisher)

Translation of P. Podolak’s commented edition of Soranus’ treatise On the soul. Review of the translation: P. Petitmengin in: Revue d’études augustiniennes et patristiques, 58 (2012)              333: ‟on felicitera J. E. Hessler pour Ia qualite qu'il a su donner a l'expression allemande de son collegue italien”.

Articles and reviews

1. Eine Sonnenfinsternis und ihre Folgen, in: U. Schlegelmilch, T. Thanner (edd.), Die Dichter und die Sterne, Würzburg 2008, 1-12.           (Download)

Content: Remarks on the reception of Archilochus’ eclipse poem (122 West) in Greek tragedy and Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

2. Ludovicus Viator. Carmen heroicum a Ioachimo Udalrico Frankl, Iano Erycio Hesslero, Udalrico Gunthario Schlegelmilch                           confectum, in: U. Schlegelmilch, T. Thanner (edd.), Die Dichter und die Sterne, Würzburg 2008, XIII-XXVII. (Download)

Content: Latin poem in hexameters in honor of Prof. L. Braun by three of his disciples.


3. Ille comicus – Terenz im augustinischen Textcorpus, in: G. Förster, A.E.J. Grote, C. Müller (edd.), Spiritus et Littera. Beiträge zur                 Augustinusforschung, Würzburg 2010, 227-245. (Download)

Content: Remarks on the reception of Terence in Augustine in the frame of a biographical interpretation.


4. Ergebnisse der Arbeit am Kommentar zu Epikurs Brief an Menoikeus: Ep. Men. 124, in: Studi Classici e Orientali 54 (2008, publ.               2010) 11-67. (Peer reviewed, Download)

Content: An extensive interpretation of one of the most discussed passages in Epicurus, accompanied by the first register of all textual variants and conjectures.

5. Proposte sulla data di composizione e il destinatario dell’Epistola a Meneceo, in: Cronache Ercolanesi 41 (2011) 7-11. (Peer                       reviewed, Download)

Content: Analysis and refutation of the dating of Epicurus Letter to Menoeceus commonly assumed until 2011.


6. Article “Epikur(eismus)”, in: H. Heinen et al. (ed.), Handwörterbuch der antiken Sklaverei (CD-ROM IV 2013). (Download)

Content: The first article on the notion of slavery in Epicureanism.

7. Part “1) Epikur, Menoikeusbrief. Text, Übersetzung und Kommentar” of M. Schwartz, A. Schriefl: Round-Table-Gespräche, in: M.              Erler, J.E. Heßler (edd.), Argument und literarische Form in antiker Philosophie, Berlin/Boston 2013, 565-579, here                                566-568. (Publisher)

Content: Presentation of my dissertation during an international conference.


8. Das Gedenken an Verstorbene in der Schule Epikurs in der Tradition der ἐπιτάφιοι λόγοι, in: D. De Sanctis, E. Spinelli, M. Tulli, F.            Verde (edd.), Questioni epicuree, Sankt Augustin 2015, 95-112. (Download)

Content: Remarks on the reception of Plato and esp. Hyperides’ Funeral speech in Epicurean literature in the frame of Epicurean commemoration of the dead; new evidence that                     Epicurus listened to the speech himself.

9. τὸν σοφὸν οὐ δοκεῖ ῥητορεύσειν καλῶς? Rhetorik in Texten Epikurs, in: I. Männlein-Robert, W. Rother, S. Schorn, C. Tornau                     (edd.): Philosophus orator. Rhetorische Strategien und Strukturen in philosophischer Literatur, Basel 2016, 138-158.

Content: Remarks on the extensive use of literary rhetoric by Epicurus who is considered an ardent opponent of rhetoric and education.

10. Rev. on Philodemus, On property Management. Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Voula Tsouna. Atlanta (SBL)                     2012. Writings from the Greco-Roman World, in: Gymnasium 123 (2016) 168-170.

11. Erzählen von der Vergangenheit bei griechischen Rednern, in: D. Klein, M. Erler (edd.), Die Kunst des Erzählens, Würzburg                       2017, 15-41.

Content: Exemplary narratives of the past in Greek oratory from the 4th cent. BC to the 2nd cent. AD.


12. Socratic protreptic and Epicurus: Healing through philosophy, in: C. Moore, A. Stavru (edd.), Socrates and the Socratic                              Dialogue, Philosophia Antiqua, Leiden/Boston 2017, 665–681. (Peer reviewed, Publisher)

Content: Traces of Socratic protreptic in Epicurus’ Letter to Menoeceus with special attention to Philo of Larisa’s guidelines for protreptic literature.

13. Rev. on W. Lapini, L’Epistola a Erodoto e il Bios di Epicuro in Diogene Laerzio, in: Gnomon 90 (2018) 18-21.


14. Plato, Hyperides, and Hellenistic cult practice. On the commemoration of the dead in the school of Epicurus, in: Mnemosyne                   71 (2018) 408-433. (Peer reviewed, Publisher)

Content: An augmented English version of no. 8, with a section on the parallels between various forms of Hellenistic cult and the Epicurean community.

15. Protreptic and Epistolography, in: in: O. Alieva, A. Kotzé, S. van der Meeren (edd.), When Wisdom Calls: Philosophical Protreptic               in Antiquity, Turnhout 2018, 155-175. (Publisher)

Content: Protreptic letters in antiquity with main focus on the letters of Epicurus.

16. Article “Rede und die Entwicklung der Redekunst vor den Sophisten”, in: C. Tornau, M. Erler (edd.), Handbuch Antike Rhetorik,                Berlin/Boston, Mass. 2019, 19-54. (Publisher)

Content: An overview of (pre-)rhetoric, oratory, and related topics in Homer, Hesiod, archaic Greek lyric, early funeral speeches, Herodotus, and Korax/Tisias.

17. ἄφθαρτός μοι περιπάτει καὶ ἡμᾶς ἀφθάρτους διανοοῦ. Korrespondenz unter gottgleichen Freunden und Lehrbriefe in der                     Schule Epikurs, in: G.M. Müller, S. Retsch, J. Schenk (edd.), Adressat und Adressant: Kommunikationsstrategien im antiken                 Brief, Berlin/Boston 27-48. (Publisher)

Content: The relationship of addressee and addresser in Epicurean letters with special attention to protreptic and the frame of Epicurean friendship.

18. Rhetorik im Epikureismus. Zur neuen Edition von Philodems Über Rhetorik I, in: Syzetesis VI,2 (2019) 517-527.  (Download)

19. Article “Terentius”, in: C.P. Mayer, C. Müller, R. Dodaro (edd.), Augustinus-Lexikon 5 (10.700 characters, manuscript accepted                  for publication, to be released in 2019)

20. Ein Gott unter Menschen. Epikur und die ὁμοίωσις θεῷ in Isokrates’ Euagoras in ihrem Verhältnis zu Platon, in: Hermes 2020

          (49.800 characters, accepted for publication)

Content: Epicurus's reception of Isocrates, especially of his concept of ὁμοίωσις θεῷ. That Iscorates regarded “becoming like God” or “becoming a god” as possible is expressed in the

       wording ὡς θεὸς ἐν ἀνθρώποις in his Euagoras that can also be found in Epicurus's Letter to Menoeceus. The relationship of Isocrates's notion to Plato is analysed with a focus on

       the Theaetetus.

21. Rhetoric, trickery, and tyranny. Testimonies on sophists of the Hellenistic period (66.900 characters, under review)

Content: Analysis of the testimonies on Hellenistic sophists and the influence of their teachings and methods on comtemporary politics, education, texts, and inscriptions.


Work in Progress

- ‘Verfall’ und ‘Blütezeit’ der Redekunst? Praktische und literarische Rhetorik im hellenistischen und kaiserzeitlichen Griechenland.          Ein Vergleich (‘Decline’ and ‘flourishing’ of oratory and literary rhetoric? A comparative study of Hellenistic and imperial                      Greece = Habilitation thesis).

- ὕμνοι at the state burial ground? Some remarks on the Athenian funeral speeches

- Orthodox enhancement vs. orthodox misconception: Epicurean Allegiance from the Inside Perspective

- Οὐ νέος μακαριστὸς ἀλλὰ γέρων βεβιωκὼς καλῶς. Das Alter im Epikureismus


Ongoing collaborative projects

- Collective volume "Authority and Use of Authoritative texts in the Epicurean Tradition". Role: Editor with Michael Erler and                      Federico Petrucci (in preparation)

- Fragments and Testimonies of Ancient Greek Rhetoric and Oratory. A Digital Collection of the Sources with Translation and                    Commentary. Role: Editor, with Mike Edwards, Michael Erler, Charlotte Schubert, and Jan Stenger

- Second edition of Michael Erler, ‟Epikur – Die Schule Epikurs – Lukrez”, in: Michael Erler (ed.): Grundriss der Geschichte der                     Philosophie. Begründet von Friedrich Ueberweg. Völlig neu bearbeitete Ausgabe. Die Philosophie der Antike, 4. Die                             hellenistische Philosophie. Role: Project coordinator and author of article revisions (in preparation)

- Third edition of Graziano Arrighetti, Epicuro: Opere. Role: Part of the editorial team of the universities of Pisa, Würzburg, and                Naples under the lead of Mauro Tulli. Edition and Commentary of the Letter to Menoeceus (in preparation)

- Participation in the development process of various other projects planned by members of the 

        Würzburger Zentrum für Epikureismusforschung (Würzburg Center of Epicurean Studies)

- Participation in the international project ”Science and philosophical debates  a new approach towards ancient Epicureanism” (SPIDER) under the guidance of Francesca G. Masi (Venice), Francesco Verde (Rome), and Pierre-Marie Morel (Paris)


Copy editing/revising

- M. Erler: Philosophie, in: B. Zimmermann, A. Schlichtmann (edd.): Handbuch der griechischen Literatur der Antike. Vol. 2. Die                   Literatur des Hellenismus, München 2014, 279-446.

- Mitteilungen der Mommsen-Gesellschaft 81-84 (2013-2014)

- Würzburger Jahrbücher für die Altertumswissenschaft 37-39 (2013-2015)

- S. Schlegelmilch: Bürger, Gott und Götterschützling. Kinderbilder der hellenistischen Kunst und Literatur, Berlin 2009.

- U. Schlegelmilch, T. Thanner (edd.): Die Dichter und die Sterne. Beiträge zur lateinischen und griechischen Literatur für Ludwig              Braun, Würzburg 2008.


As part of an editorial team

- M. Erler (ed.): Euthydemos [Platon Werke. Übersetzung und Kommentar VI 1], Göttingen 2017.

- M. Erler, J.E. Heßler (edd.): Argument und literarische Form in antiker Philosophie, Berlin/ Boston 2013.

- M. Erler, Th. Kobusch (edd.): Platon, Gorgias. Text, Übersetzung und Kommentar, Stuttgart 2011.

- C. Mayer, A.E.J. Grote, C. Müller (edd.): Gnade – Freiheit – Rechtfertigung. Augustinische Topoi und ihre Wirkungsgeschichte.                  Internationales Kolloquium zum 1650. Geburtstag Augustins vom 25. bis 27. November 2004 im Erbacher Hof zu Mainz,                    Stuttgart 2007.

- M. Erler: Platon, in: H. Flashar (ed.): Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie. Begründet von F. Ueberweg. Völlig neu                              bearbeitete Ausgabe. Die Philosophie der Antike, 2.2, Basel 2007.

- More than 300 articles, minor works and reviews of various authors.