WEFOUNDThe Greek Anthology: Epigrams From Anthologia Palatina XII; Translated Into English Verse (Classic Reprint)


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The Greek Anthology (also called Anthologia Graeca or, sometimes, the Palatine Anthology ) is a collection of poems , mostly epigrams , that span the classical and Byzantine periods of Greek literature .

While papyri containing fragments of collections of poetry have been found in Egypt , the earliest known anthology in Greek was compiled by Meleager of Gadara , under the title Anthologia , or "Garland." It contained poems by the compiler himself and forty-six other poets, including Archilochus , Alcaeus , Anacreon , and Simonides . In his preface to his collection, Meleager describes his arrangement of poems as if it were a head-band or garland of flowers woven together in a tour de force that made the word "Anthology" a synonym for a collection of literary works for future generations.

The scholar Maximus Planudes also made an edition of the Greek Anthology, which while adding some poems, primarily deleting or bowdlerizing many of the poems he felt were impure. His anthology was the only one known to Western Europe (his autograph copy, dated 1301 survives; the first edition based on his collection was printed in 1494) until 1606 when Claudius Salmasius found in the library at Heidelberg a fuller collection based on Cephalas. The copy made by Salmasius was not, however, published until 1776, when Richard François Philippe Brunck included it in his Analecta . The first critical edition was that of F. Jacobs (13 vols. 1794–1803; revised 1813–17).

The Greek Anthology (also called Anthologia Graeca or, sometimes, the Palatine Anthology ) is a collection of poems , mostly epigrams , that span the classical and Byzantine periods of Greek literature .

While papyri containing fragments of collections of poetry have been found in Egypt , the earliest known anthology in Greek was compiled by Meleager of Gadara , under the title Anthologia , or "Garland." It contained poems by the compiler himself and forty-six other poets, including Archilochus , Alcaeus , Anacreon , and Simonides . In his preface to his collection, Meleager describes his arrangement of poems as if it were a head-band or garland of flowers woven together in a tour de force that made the word "Anthology" a synonym for a collection of literary works for future generations.

The scholar Maximus Planudes also made an edition of the Greek Anthology, which while adding some poems, primarily deleting or bowdlerizing many of the poems he felt were impure. His anthology was the only one known to Western Europe (his autograph copy, dated 1301 survives; the first edition based on his collection was printed in 1494) until 1606 when Claudius Salmasius found in the library at Heidelberg a fuller collection based on Cephalas. The copy made by Salmasius was not, however, published until 1776, when Richard François Philippe Brunck included it in his Analecta . The first critical edition was that of F. Jacobs (13 vols. 1794–1803; revised 1813–17).

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The Greek Anthology (also called Anthologia Graeca or, sometimes, the Palatine Anthology ) is a collection of poems , mostly epigrams , that span the classical and Byzantine periods of Greek literature .

While papyri containing fragments of collections of poetry have been found in Egypt , the earliest known anthology in Greek was compiled by Meleager of Gadara , under the title Anthologia , or "Garland." It contained poems by the compiler himself and forty-six other poets, including Archilochus , Alcaeus , Anacreon , and Simonides . In his preface to his collection, Meleager describes his arrangement of poems as if it were a head-band or garland of flowers woven together in a tour de force that made the word "Anthology" a synonym for a collection of literary works for future generations.

The scholar Maximus Planudes also made an edition of the Greek Anthology, which while adding some poems, primarily deleting or bowdlerizing many of the poems he felt were impure. His anthology was the only one known to Western Europe (his autograph copy, dated 1301 survives; the first edition based on his collection was printed in 1494) until 1606 when Claudius Salmasius found in the library at Heidelberg a fuller collection based on Cephalas. The copy made by Salmasius was not, however, published until 1776, when Richard François Philippe Brunck included it in his Analecta . The first critical edition was that of F. Jacobs (13 vols. 1794–1803; revised 1813–17).

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The Greek Anthology (also called Anthologia Graeca or, sometimes, the Palatine Anthology ) is a collection of poems , mostly epigrams , that span the classical and Byzantine periods of Greek literature .

While papyri containing fragments of collections of poetry have been found in Egypt , the earliest known anthology in Greek was compiled by Meleager of Gadara , under the title Anthologia , or "Garland." It contained poems by the compiler himself and forty-six other poets, including Archilochus , Alcaeus , Anacreon , and Simonides . In his preface to his collection, Meleager describes his arrangement of poems as if it were a head-band or garland of flowers woven together in a tour de force that made the word "Anthology" a synonym for a collection of literary works for future generations.

The scholar Maximus Planudes also made an edition of the Greek Anthology, which while adding some poems, primarily deleting or bowdlerizing many of the poems he felt were impure. His anthology was the only one known to Western Europe (his autograph copy, dated 1301 survives; the first edition based on his collection was printed in 1494) until 1606 when Claudius Salmasius found in the library at Heidelberg a fuller collection based on Cephalas. The copy made by Salmasius was not, however, published until 1776, when Richard François Philippe Brunck included it in his Analecta . The first critical edition was that of F. Jacobs (13 vols. 1794–1803; revised 1813–17).

The Greek Anthology (also called Anthologia Graeca or, sometimes, the Palatine Anthology ) is a collection of poems , mostly epigrams , that span the classical and Byzantine periods of Greek literature .

While papyri containing fragments of collections of poetry have been found in Egypt , the earliest known anthology in Greek was compiled by Meleager of Gadara , under the title Anthologia , or "Garland." It contained poems by the compiler himself and forty-six other poets, including Archilochus , Alcaeus , Anacreon , and Simonides . In his preface to his collection, Meleager describes his arrangement of poems as if it were a head-band or garland of flowers woven together in a tour de force that made the word "Anthology" a synonym for a collection of literary works for future generations.

The scholar Maximus Planudes also made an edition of the Greek Anthology, which while adding some poems, primarily deleting or bowdlerizing many of the poems he felt were impure. His anthology was the only one known to Western Europe (his autograph copy, dated 1301 survives; the first edition based on his collection was printed in 1494) until 1606 when Claudius Salmasius found in the library at Heidelberg a fuller collection based on Cephalas. The copy made by Salmasius was not, however, published until 1776, when Richard François Philippe Brunck included it in his Analecta . The first critical edition was that of F. Jacobs (13 vols. 1794–1803; revised 1813–17).

The fifteen books of the Palatine Anthology are: I, Christian Epigrams; II, Descriptions of Statues; III, Inscriptions in a temple at Cyzicus; IV, Prefaces of Meleager, Philippus, and Agathias; V, Amatory Epigrams; VI, Dedicatory; VII, Sepulchral; VIII, Epigrams of St. Gregory; IX, Declamatory; X, Hortatory and Admonitory; XI, Convivial and Satirical; XII, Strato’s “Musa Puerilis”; XIII, Metrical curiosities; XIV, Problems, Riddles, and Oracles; XV, Miscellanies. Book XVI is the Planudean Appendix: Epigrams on works of art.

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