Research Executive Agency (REA)
Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship 703798-AcadHist

Philodemus’ History of the Academy. Groundwork for a New Innovative Critical Edition

Fellow: Kilian Josef Fleischer
Supervisor: Graziano Ranocchia
Host institution: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per il Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e Storia delle Idee

The Project

Philodemus’ 'History of the Academy' (PHerc. 1691/1021 and PHerc. 164) contains much otherwise lost information about the development of the Academic school and its most prominent figures, from Plato to Antiochus and Aristus of Ascalon. Now, the research of the last eighteen years has shown that the last edition of this book may considerably be improved upon. This, contrasted with the current availability of pioneering techniques for reading papyri and the possibility of developing completely new and more promising ones, makes it a desideratum of the research to produce a new modern critical edition of this unique book. The primary goal of this project is to lay the foundation for precisely this new edition, paving the way for a new method of editing Herculanean texts. To achieve this goal, the supervisor will directly coach the applicant and work together with him on a daily basis in order to transfer him all the specific papyrological, palaeographical and philological competences necessary for its immediate preparation.

The Fellow

Kilian Josef Fleischer (born in Fulda, 1985) is graduated in both Classics and Economics & Finance at the University of Würzburg, Germany. There he obtained a PhD in Classics (Greek) with a dissertation about Dionysios of Alexandria’s On nature and Epicureanism in Alexandria. He was awarded several scholarships. As a graduate student, he received for one year papyrological training at the University of Oxford; as a PhD student, he spent a few months at the University of Notre Dame (US), focusing on theological aspects of his dissertation. He worked as a postdoctoral research assistant in papyrology at the University of Oxford, before he became a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (2016- ) at the CNR-ILIESI (Rome/Naples). His research focus lies on (Herculanean) papyrology, Epicureanism, Hellenistic philosophy and Early Christian Literature. Currently he is preparing a new critical edition of Philodemus’ History of the Academy (PHerc. 1691/1021 and 164).

Public Engagement

  • K. Fleischer, Il programma Marie Sklodowska Curie per la mobilità europea dei ricercatori, presentation at the Researchers’ Night, University of Calabria (Cosenza), 29 September 2017 (
  • National Info Day on Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • Participation in the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Rome, 30 January 2017


Publications in scientific journals
  • K. Fleischer, New Evidence on the Death of Philo of Larissa (PHerc. 1021, col. 33,42 -34,7), in: Cambridge Classical Journal 63 (2017) (PDF ).
  • K. Fleischer, The pupils of Philo of Larisa (PHerc. 1021, col. 34, 6-19), in: Cronache Ercolanesi 47 (2017), pp.73-85 (PDF).
  • K. Fleischer, Report about the 28th International Congress of Papyrology in Barcelona (2016) with focus on Herculanean papyri and non-invasive unrolling techniques, in: Lexicon Philosophicum 5 (2017) (PDF).
  • K. Fleischer, Die Lokalisierung der Verso-Kolumnen von PHerc. 1021 (Philodem, Index Academicorum, in: ZPE 2017, pp. 27-39 (PDF).
  • K. Fleischer, Starb Philo von Larissa im Alter von 63 Jahren? (PHerc. 1021, col. 33), in: APF 63/2 (2017), pp. 335-366 (PDF).
  • K. Fleischer, (Keine) Hoffnung auf neuen Text zur Geschichte der Akademie (PHerc. 164)?, in: SEP (2018) (accepted for publication).
  • K. Fleischer, Philolaus’ book(s) in Philodemus’ Index Academicorum, in: C.Vassallo (ed.), Presocratics and Papyrological Tradition, Proceedings of the International Workshop held at the University of Trier, 22-24 September 2016 (Studia Praesocratica), Berlin/Boston 2018 (accepted for publication).
  • K. Fleischer, Bequest and funeral in Philodemus’ Index Academicorum (PHerc. 1021, col. 16, 37-45, col. S, 1-10), RhM 161 (2018) (accepted).
Presentations in conferences and seminars
  • K. Fleischer, The circumstances of the death of Philo of Larisa – Towards a new edition of Philodemus’ Index Academicorum (PHerc. 1691/1021; 164), paper read during the 28th International Congress of Papyrology, Barcelona, 1-6 August 2016.
  • K. Fleischer, Zur Neuausgabe von Philodems Index Academicorum (PHerc. 1021). Diskussion von Kol. 21,1-15 (Lakydes-Vita), presentation held at the Gräzistisches Forschungskolloquium, University of Würzburg, 10 January 2017.
  • K. Fleischer, Per una nuova edizione della Storia dell’ Accademia di Filodemo. Conseguenze e prospettive per la nostra conoscenza della scuola die Platone, Università di Salerno, 8. Mai 2017.
  • K. Fleischer, Philodemus between Egypt and Sicily, paper read at the XVII Convegno di Egittologia e Papirologia, Syracuse (Italy), 28.9-2.10.2017.
Other publications


  • K. Fleischer, Dionysios von Alexandria – De Natura (περὶ φύσεως) – Übersetzung, Kommentar und Würdigung – Mit einer Einleitung zur Geschichte des Epikureismus in Alexandria, Turnhout (Brepols), 2016 (513 pages).

    Articles in journals and conference proceedings (chronologically):

  • K. Fleischer, Die Teilung von P. Oxy. III 448, in: ZPE 172 (2010), pp. 201,202.
  • K. Fleischer, Der Akademiker Charmadas in Apollodors Chronik (PHerc. 1021, Kol. 31-32), in: CErc. 44 (2014), pp. 65-75.
  • K. Fleischer, All we have is from the first book - Second thoughts regarding Dionysios of Alexandria´s De Natura (On Nature), in: Acta Antiqua Hun. 54 (2014), pp. 445-451.
  • K. Fleischer, Phanostratos von Tralleis, in: Hermes 142 (2014), pp. 476-479.
  • K. Fleischer, Der Stoiker Mnesarch als Lehrer des Antiochus im Index Academicorum, in: Mnemosyne 68/3 (2015), pp. 413-423.
  • K. Fleischer, Die Schüler des Charmadas (PHerc. 1021, XXXV 32-XXXVI 14), in: CErc. 45 (2015), pp. 49-53.
  • K. Fleischer, Die Charakterisierung des Boethos von Marathon (PHerc. 1021, coll. 28,38 - 29,3), in: SEP 12 (2015), pp. 27-30.
  • K. Fleischer, New readings in Philodemus’ Index Academicorum - Dio of Alexandria (PHerc. 1021, col. 34), in: T. Derda et al., Proceedings of the 27th International Congress of Papyrology 2013 (Warsaw), Warsaw, 2016, pp. 459-470.
  • K. Fleischer, A new Simonides testimony – Simonides and Hiero in Philodemus’ On Flattery (PHerc. 1092, frg.2), in: ZPE 202 (2017), pp. 29-33.
  • K. Fleischer, review of: W. Lapini, L‘ epistola a Erodoto e il BIOS di Epicuro in Diogene Laerzio, in: Histos 2017. (accepted for publication)
  • K. Fleischer, Herculaneum papyri and digital unrolling at the Papyrology Congress in Barcelona (2016), in: Newsletter of the Friends of Herculaneum Society 21 (2017), pp. 4-5.
  • K. Fleischer, Melanthios von Rhodos in Apollodors Chronik (PHerc. 1021, XXXI), in: Philologus 2018. (preprint online availabe)
  • K. Fleischer, Dating Philodemus’ birth and early studies, in: BASP 55 2018. (accepted for publication)
  • K. Fleischer, Philo of Larisa, in: The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (2018). (accepted for publication)
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Open access digital edition
  • International Workshop “Philodemus' History of the Academy: Towards a New Edition of PHerc. 1691/1021 and 164”, Amalfi, 13-16 September 2017. Organizers: K. Fleischer, G. Ranocchia. Participants: F. Ferrari, D.N. Sedley, G.W. Most, M. Bonazzi, M. Hatzimichali, Ch. Vassallo, W.W. Henry, G. Verhasselt, T. Reinhardt, H. Tarrant, E. Puglia, M. Alessandrelli.
Final press conference
  • Roma, 19 giugno 2018
    Philodemus’ History of the Academy. Groundwork for a New Innovative Critical Edition (PHerc. 1691/1021 and 164).
    La nuova edizione critica dell’Index Academicorum di Filodemo a cura di Kilian Fleischer.