By T.E. Page, W.R. Paton
The Greek Anthology ('Gathering of Flowers') is the identify given to a suite of approximately 4500 brief Greek poems (called epigrams yet frequently no longer epigrammatic) through approximately three hundred composers. To the gathering (called 'Stephanus', wreath or garland) made and contributed to via Meleager of Gadara (1st century BCE) used to be additional one other by means of Philippus of Thessalonica (late 1st century CE), a 3rd via Diogenianus (2nd century), and masses later a fourth, known as the 'Circle', by way of Agathias of Myrina. those (lost) and others (also misplaced) have been in part integrated, prepared in line with contents, by way of Constantinus Cephalas (early tenth century?) into fifteen books now preserved in one manuscript of the Palatine Library at Heidelberg. The grand assortment used to be rearranged and revised by means of the monk Maximus Planudes (14th century) who additionally further epigrams misplaced from Cephalas's compilation. 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, difficulties, Riddles, and Oracles; XV, Miscellanies. ebook XVI is the Planudean Appendix: Epigrams on artistic endeavors. amazing one of the poets are Meleager, Antipater of Sidon, Crinagoras, Palladas, Agathias, Paulus Silentiarius. The Loeb Classical Library version is in 5 volumes. quantity I includes Books I–VI; quantity II, Books VII–VIII; quantity III, ebook IX; quantity IV, Books X–XII; quantity V, Books XIII–XVI.