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In 1923 the Munich publicist Ernst Heimeran produced the first volumes of the "Tuskulum books." For decades this bilingual collection of Greek and Latin works, now titled the Sammlung Tusculum, has been considered the foremost series of its type in the German-speaking world. The idea of establishing a series based on the model of the famous Loeb Library was suggested to Heimeran by his history teacher Franz Burger, who edited the very first volume in the series, an edition of the odes and epodes of Horace.

The series was named after the city of Tusculum, located just outside Rome, where Cicero owned a villa. The Tusculanum was Cicero's favorite place of residence. It was here, during the first phase of his retirement from politics, that he wrote the Tusculanae Disputationes, an introduction to Stoic philosophy for Rome's educated classes.

Famous editions in the series include the complete works of Livius and Plinius, edited by H. J. Hillen und R. König, respectively; the Lucretius edition edited by H. Diels, featuring an afterword by Albert Einstein; as well as an edition of the Anthologia Graeca, edited by H. Beckby.

The series was taken over by the publishing house Artemis & Winkler in 1981. It was continued from 1995 to 2011 by the Patmos Publishing Group, and from 2011 to 2013 by Akademie Verlag. The series has been published by De Gruyter since March 2013.