The peculiar anonymous text handed down by PHerc. 1390/908 and conventionally dubbed ‘On generation’ or ‘On procreation’ represents for its subject a unicum in the Herculaneum collection – where, as is known, no medical or paramedical works have survived – and, along with the final section of Book 4 of Lucretius’ On Nature, the only Epicurean treatment of a certain extent on this topic. The first comprehensive critical edition of it, with introduction and commentary, is offered here. The text in question, which has traditionally been ascribed to Epicurus, is now attributed by us with various arguments to the Epicurean philosopher and writer Demetrius of Laconia (2nd century BC).
|Number of pages||93|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|