Horizon 2020

ERC Advanced Grant 885222-GreekSchools

according to Europe’s earliest ‘history of philosophy’

Towards a new pioneering critical edition of Philodemus’ Arrangement of the Philosophers

[Life of Socrates]

The [Life of Socrates] (PHerc. 495 and PHerc. 558) transmits a historico-biographical book about Socrates and some of his disciples (e.g. Plato, Xenophon, Aeschines) written in an anecdotal narrative style, and providing references to biographical sources (such as Diocles, Hermippus, Satyrus, Demetrius of Phaleron), historical events (like Plato’s journey to Sicily and his relationship to Dionysius and Dio) to be found also in the [History of the Academy], news about Socrates’ disciples, and textual parallels from Diogenes Laërtius. It shows no trace of any partisan or polemical approach.