Little is known of Philodemus’s (fihl-eh-DEE-muhs) life and education. He was educated in Athens by Zeno the Epicurean and eventually came to Rome circa 75 b.c.e. under the patronage of the Piso family, in whose Italian villa at Herculaneum he probably remained until his death. He was famous as an erotic poet but known also as an Epicurean philosopher and teacher. He wrote on numerous subjects, including a history of philosophers, a book about anger, and a rare treatise on Epicurean theology, but he was especially devoted to the theory of art, going against popular sentiment by arguing that art was to be judged by its aesthetic value alone and not for its morals or logic.