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Works of Philo (24 vols.)

by Philo of Alexandria

Harvard University Press 1929–1953

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Overview

Philo of Alexandria was a Jewish philosopher who lived in Roman-ruled Egypt. When the Jews of Alexandria were ordered to defy their beliefs and worship Gaius Julius Caesar, also known as Caligula, they sent Philo to plead their case to the emperor. Philo’s writings provide an account of the atrocities the Jews faced for their refusal to glorify a man as a god. They were dragged to death, burned alive with their families, slaughtered in their homes, and even crucified.

Well versed in Greek and Jewish learning, Philo integrated biblical teachings with Greek philosophy, giving rise to an influential approach to Scripture. The ideas that emerged impacted both Christian and Jewish religious thought. The Works of Philo (24 vols.) contains over 40 of Philo’s works, including On the Creation, Allegorical Interpretation of Genesis 2 and 3, Every Good Man Is Free, The Eternity of the World, and Apology for the Jews.

This collection contains the complete texts in their Loeb Classical Library editions. Each volume is included in its original Greek with an English translation for easy side-by-side comparison. Logos’ language tools help you to go deeper into the Greek texts and explore Philo’s elegant language. Use the dictionary lookup tool to examine difficult Greek words and find every occurrence in your library. There’s never been a better way for students of history, philosophy, world religions, culture, and Greek literature to absorb these intriguing works.

Key Features

  • Over 40 works by Philo of Alexandria
  • Hellenistic Jewish philosophy
  • Loeb Classical Library editions

Individual Titles

On the Creation. Allegorical Interpretation of Genesis 2 and 3

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translators: F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1929
  • Pages: 264

This volume contains F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker’s translations of On the Creation and Allegorical Interpretation of Genesis 2 and 3.

On the Creation. Allegorical Interpretation of Genesis 2 and 3: Greek Text

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translators: F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1929
  • Pages: 264

This volume the Greek text of On the Creation and Allegorical Interpretation of Genesis 2 and 3.

On the Cherubim. The Sacrifices of Abel and Cain. The Worse Attacks the Better. On the Posterity and Exile of Cain. On the Giants

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translators: F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1929
  • Pages: 256

This volume contains F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker’s translations of On the Cherubim, The Sacrifices of Abel and Cain, The Worse Attacks the Better, On the Posterity and Exile of Cain, and On the Giants.

On the Cherubim. The Sacrifices of Abel and Cain. The Worse Attacks the Better. On the Posterity and Exile of Cain. On the Giants: Greek Text

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translators: F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1929
  • Pages: 256

This volume contains the Greek text of On the Cherubim, The Sacrifices of Abel and Cain, The Worse Attacks the Better, On the Posterity and Exile of Cain, and On the Giants.

On the Unchangeableness of God. On Husbandry. Concerning Noah’s Work as a Planter. On Drunkenness. On Sobriety

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translators: F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1930
  • Pages: 264

This volume contains F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker’s translations of On the Unchangeableness of God, On Husbandry, Concerning Noah’s Work as a Planter, On Drunkenness, and On Sobriety.

On the Unchangeableness of God. On Husbandry. Concerning Noah’s Work as a Planter. On Drunkenness. On Sobriety: Greek Text

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translators: F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1930
  • Pages: 264

This volume contains the Greek text of On the Unchangeableness of God, On Husbandry, Concerning Noah’s Work as a Planter, On Drunkenness, and On Sobriety.

On the Confusion of Tongues. On the Migration of Abraham. Who Is the Heir of Divine Things? On Mating with the Preliminary Studies

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translators: F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1932
  • Pages: 296

This volume contains F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker’s translations of On the Confusion of Tongues, On the Migration of Abraham, Who Is the Heir of Divine Things?, and On Mating with the Preliminary Studies.

On the Confusion of Tongues. On the Migration of Abraham. Who Is the Heir of Divine Things? On Mating with the Preliminary Studies: Greek Text

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translators: F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1932
  • Pages: 295

This volume contains the Greek text of On the Confusion of Tongues, On the Migration of Abraham, Who Is the Heir of Divine Things?, and On Mating with the Preliminary Studies.

On Flight and Finding. On the Change of Names. On Dreams

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translators: F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1934
  • Pages: 320

This volume contains F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker’s translations of On Flight and Finding, On the Change of Names, and On Dreams.

On Flight and Finding. On the Change of Names. On Dreams: Greek Text

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translators: F. H. Colson and G. H. Whitaker
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1934
  • Pages: 320

This volume contains the Greek text of On Flight and Finding, On the Change of Names, and On Dreams.

On Abraham. On Joseph. On Moses

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translator: F. H. Colson
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1935
  • Pages: 316

This volume contains F. H. Colson’s translations of On Abraham, On Joseph, and On Moses.

On Abraham. On Joseph. On Moses: Greek Text

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translator: F. H. Colson
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1935
  • Pages: 316

This volume contains the Greek text of On Abraham, On Joseph, and On Moses.

On the Decalogue. On the Special Laws, Books 1–3

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translator: F. H. Colson
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1937
  • Pages: 336

This volume contains F. H. Colson’s translations of On the Decalogue and On the Special Laws, Books 1–3.

On the Decalogue. On the Special Laws, Books 1–3: Greek Text

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translator: F. H. Colson
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1937
  • Pages: 336

This volume contains the Greek text of On the Decalogue and On the Special Laws, Books 1–3.

On the Special Laws, Book 4. On the Virtues. On Rewards and Punishments

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translator: F. H. Colson
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1939
  • Pages: 239

This volume contains F. H. Colson’s translations of On the Special Laws, Book 4, On the Virtues, and On Rewards and Punishments.

On the Special Laws, Book 4. On the Virtues. On Rewards and Punishments: Greek Text

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translator: F. H. Colson
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1939
  • Pages: 239

This volume contains the Greek text of On the Special Laws, Book 4, On the Virtues, and On Rewards and Punishments.

Every Good Man is Free. On the Contemplative Life. On the Eternity of the World. Against Flaccus. Apology for the Jews. On Providence

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translator: F. H. Colson
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1941
  • Pages: 280

This volume contains F. H. Colson’s translations of Every Good Man is Free, On the Contemplative Life, On the Eternity of the World, Against Flaccus, Apology for the Jews, and On Providence.

Every Good Man is Free. On the Contemplative Life. On the Eternity of the World. Against Flaccus. Apology for the Jews. On Providence: Greek Text

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translator: F. H. Colson
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1941
  • Pages: 280

This volume contains the Greek text of Every Good Man is Free, On the Contemplative Life, On the Eternity of the World, Against Flaccus, Apology for the Jews, and On Providence.

Questions on Exodus

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translator: Ralph Marcus
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1953
  • Pages: 154

This volume contains Ralph Marcus’ translation of Questions on Exodus.

Questions on Exodus: Greek Text

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translator: Ralph Marcus
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1953
  • Pages: 153

This volume contains the Greek text of Questions on Exodus.

Questions on Genesis

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translator: Ralph Marcus
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1953
  • Pages: 276

This volume contains Ralph Marcus’s translation of Questions on Genesis.

Questions on Genesis: Greek Text

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translator: Ralph Marcus
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1953
  • Pages: 275

This volume contains the Greek text of Questions on Genesis.

On the Embassy to Gaius. General Indexes

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translator: F. H. Colson and J. W. Earp
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1962
  • Pages: 280

This volume contains F. H. Colson and J. W. Earp’s translations of On the Embassy to Gaius and General Indexes.

On the Embassy to Gaius. General Indexes: Greek Text

  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translator: F. H. Colson and J. W. Earp
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date: 1962
  • Pages: 280

This volume contains the Greek text of On the Embassy to Gaius and General Indexes.

Product Details

  • Title: Works of Philo
  • Author: Philo of Alexandria
  • Translators: F. H. Colson, G. H. Whitaker, Ralph Marcus, and J. W. Earp
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Volumes: 24
  • Pages: 6,559

About Philo of Alexandria

Philo of Alexandria (c. 20 BC–AD 50) was a Jewish philosopher who lived in Roman-ruled Egypt. He was educated in Hellenistic, Roman, and Ancient Egyptian culture and Judaic tradition. Philo recorded the atrocities committed against the Jews, largely by the Roman governor, Flaccus. His theological and philosophical writings used allegorical exegesis to unite Greek Stoic philosophy with Jewish philosophy. His works impacted Christian Church Fathers more than Judaism.

About the Translators

F. H. Colson was headmaster of Plymouth College and a fellow of St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge, UK. He was a translator of ancient Greek.

G. H. Whitaker was a translator of ancient Greek.

Ralph Marcus (1900–1956) was a professor of Semitic Philology at the Jewish Institute of Religion from 1927 to 1943, and an associate professor of Hellenistic culture at the University of Chicago from 1943 to 1950. He was a member of the Academy of Jewish Research and served as an editor for the Journal of Biblical Literature, Classical Philology, and The Review of Religion.

J. W. Earp (1855–1917) was co-translator of On the Embassy to Gaius and General Indexes by Philo of Alexandria.