Philo of Alexandria - Commentary Series

In 1995 members of the Philo of Alexandria Seminar decided to initiate a series of commentaries in English on major treatises of Philo.

The name of the series is Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series (PACS).

Editorial Board:

  • General Editor: Gregory E. Sterling (Yale University)
  • Associate Editor: David T. Runia (University of Melbourne)
  • Harold W. Attridge (Yale University)
  • Ellen Birnbaum (Independent Scholar)
  • John Dillon (Trinity College Dublin, emeritus)
  • Annewies van den Hoek (Harvard University)
  • Thomas Tobin, S.J. (Loyala University, Chicago)
  • David Winston (GTU, Berkeley, emeritus) 

Published Volumes 

David T. Runia, Philo of Alexandria On the Creation of the Cosmos according to Moses: Translation and Commentary. Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series 1. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2001; paperback ed. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2003.

van der Horst, Pieter. Philo’s Flaccus, The First Pogram: Introduction, Translation, and Commentary. Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series 2. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2003; paperback ed. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005. 

Wilson, Walter T. Philo of Alexandria, On Virtues: Introduction, Translation, and Commentary. Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series 3. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2011; paperback ed. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013.

Albert C. Geljon and David T. Runia, Philo of Alexandria On Cultivation: Introduction,   Translation, and Commentary. Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series 4. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2013.

Volumes in Preparation

The Allegorical Commentary

Legum allegoriaeThomas Tobin S.J.
De cherubimAnnewies van den Hoek
Quod deteriusAdam Kamesar
De posteritateDavid T. Runia
De plantationeAlbert Geljon and David T. Runia
De confusioneRonald Cox
De migratione AbrahamiDavid Satran


The Exposition of the Law

De vita MoysisGregory E. Sterling
De AbrahamoJohn Dillon and Ellen Birnbaum
De decalogoSarah Pearce
De specialibus legibusSarah Pearce


Apologetic Treatises

De vita contemplativaJoan Taylor and David Hay
HypotheticaGregory E. Sterling