Philologia philosophica Herbipolensis I: “Epicureanism”

Seminar course, Würzburg 14-18 March 2011

The Department of Classics at Würzburg University invites graduate students and advanced undergraduates in Classics, Ancient Philosophy and related disciplines to participate in the first edition of a seminar course on the transmission of philosophical texts, 14-18 March 2011.

The objective of the course is to give the participants an overview on the material aspects of establishing a text, to teach them how to read and use editions of fragmentary texts and to provide them with practical exercises of producing editions themselves. Therefore the organizers provide a combination of lectures on general topics and specific authors and of practical seminars in which participants will have the possibility to produce their own texts. Courses will be taught by Tiziano Dorandi, Michael Erler, Holger Essler, Jan Heßler, Giuliana Leone, Francesca Longo Auricchio and Nigel Wilson.

For further information please contact

The organisers
Prof. Dr. M. Erler Dr. H. Essler
erler_sq-1 Insitut für Klassische Philologie

Universität Würzburg

Residenzplatz 2 (Südflügel)

D-97070 Würzburg


Das Programm
Monday 14.3. Tuesday 15.3. Wednesday 16.3. Thursday 17.3. Friday 18.3.
9.00-10.30 Registration


10.30 Opening Ceremony

T. Dorandi:

The new edition of Diogenes Laertius


F. Longo Auricchio:

Herculanean Papyrology and beyond: Hermarchus of Mytilene (Lecture)

G. Leone:

The new edition of Epicurus On nature II




Editing Herculanean Texts


11.00-12.30 M. Erler:

Des Meisters Worte: zur Philologie der Epikureer

(Lecture, 11.00-12.30)

T. Dorandi:

Diogenes Laertius. Selected passages from Book X


H. Essler:

Reconstruction of papyrus-rolls (Seminar)


13.30-14.50 Guided tour

Residenz Würzburg

G. Leone:

Epicurus On nature II. Selected passages


Presentation and discussion of the editions prepared by the participants

(Plenary Session)


14.00-15.30 N. Wilson:

Paleography and textual criticism

(Lecture, 14.30-15.30)

J. Heßler:

Epicurus‘ letter to Menoeceus in Diogenes Laertius X


N. Wilson:

The Archimedes‘ Palimpsest

(Lecture, 15. 00- 16.30)


Editing Herculanean Texts


16.00-17.30 Workshop:

Editing Herculanean Texts



Editing Herculanean Texts

17.00-18.30 N. Wilson:

Archimedes On Floating Bodies. Selected passages


16.15-17.45 Visit to the Manuscript Department of the University Library of Wuerzburg


19.00  Dinner with all participants