Collections of Greek inscriptions initially started from the 3rd century BC and continued with collections of
epigrams and short poems, which after the 1st century AD were called Anthologies. These anthologies of Greek epigrams were enlarged with additions of earlier collections, culminating in what is called today " Greek Anthology".
A list of certain of these works follows:
[1 ] [2 ] [3 ] [4 ]
Attic inscriptions by
Philochorus, 3rd century BC
Soros, 3rd century BC, collection in which there were epigrams of Posidippus of Pella [5 ]
Epigrammata, 3rd century BC, collection of epigrams, attributed to Posidippus, of the same time as of Soros, but written later [5 ]
On the inscriptions to be found in cities, of Polemon of Athens, 2nd century BC About the offering in Delphi (
Περὶ τῶν ἐν Δελφοῖς ἀναθημάτων), of Alcetas the traveller
Ἐν τῶν περὶ ἀναθημάτων, of Menestor
Theban Epigrams ( Θηβαϊκὰ ἐπιγράμματα) of Aristodemus of Thebes
Peri epigrammaton ( Περὶ ἐπιγραμμάτων, "About epigrams") of Neoptolemus of Paros
Garland of Meleagros (Στέφανος τοῦ Μελεάγρου), of Meleager of Gadara, the first use of the term Anthology for a collection of poems, about 1st century AD.
Garland of Philippus (Στέφανος τοῦ Φιλίππου τοῦ Θεσσαλονικέως), by Philippus of Thessalonica, mid-1st century AD.
Sylloge Rufiniana, supposed collection of epigrams of Rufinus found in Book V of the Palatine Anthology (or together with epigrams from other poets) [6 ] [7 ]
Anthologion of epigrams about rivers, lakes, cliffs, mountains and mountaintops ( Ἐπιγραμμάτων ἀνθολόγιον περὶ ποταμῶν λιμνῶν κρηνῶν ὀρῶν ἀκρωρειῶν), Diogenianus
Musa Puerilis ( Μοῦσα Παιδική), anthology of Straton of Sardis, 2nd century, with pederastic content
Pammetros ( Πάμμετρος) of Diogenes Laërtius, 3rd century
Cycle of New Epigrams ( Κύκλος τῶν νέων ἐπιγραμμάτων), also known as "Cycle of Agathias" by Agathias, 6th century
Anacreontea, a collection originally attributed pseudepigraphically to Anacreon preserved in Anthologia Palatina (poems ranging from the 1st century BC to the 6th century AD)
Sylloge Euphemiana (about 890) [8 ]
Syllogae minores, a series of smaller collections from various sources, among which are Sylloge Parisina and Sylloge Euphemiana already mentioned above
Anthology of Cephalas (contained the Garland of Meleagros, the Garland of Philippus and the Cycle of Agathias) by Constantine Cephalas, 10th century (lost) - the Palatine Anthology and the Anthology of Planudes are based on it, see below
Palatine Anthology Anthologia Palatina (manuscript discovered in 1606 in the Palatine library at Heidelberg, which is considered to be based on the Anthology of Cephalas), approx. 980
Anthology of Planudes (Anthologia Graeca Planudea) Maximus Planudes, 1299 (based mainly on apographon or on apographa of the Anthology of Cephalas)
Greek Anthology (Anthologia Graeca): Term currently used for the collection of epigrams and poems of the Palatine and the Planudean Anthologies, as well as from other sources [9 ] [10 ]
References [ edit ]
^ William Smith (editor) (1867). "Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities". Vol 1. Little, Brown and company, Boston. pp. 385–391 . Retrieved September 3, 2011. , section entitled: Literary History of the Greek Anthology
^ J. W. Mackail (1890). "Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology". Longmans, Green, and Co. pp. Introduction, III . Retrieved September 3, 2011.
^ Cameron, Alan (1993). "The Greek anthology : from Meleager to Planudes". Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press. p. 405. ISBN 0-19-814023-1 . Retrieved September 18, 2011.
^ A manual of Greek literature:from the earliest authentic periods to the close of the Byzantine era, Charles Anthon, Harper, 1853, σελ. 81
^ a b The New Posidippus: A Hellenistic Poetry Book, Kathryn J. Gutzwiller, Oxford University Press, 2005, σελ. 7, ISBN 0199267812, 9780199267811
^ Die sylloge Rufiniana, Markus Boas, 1920
^ Chapter Three: Anthologies and Anthologists page 104-105
^ Lauxtermann, Marc D. (2003). "Byzantine Poetry from Pisides to Geometres". Chapter Three: Anthologies and Anthologists. VÖAW. p. 83. ISBN 3-7001-3150-X . Retrieved September 10, 2011.
^ Anthony Grafton, Glenn W. Most, Salvatore Settis (2010). . Harvard University Press. p. 410 The Classical Tradition . Retrieved September 2, 2011.
^ The Greek anthology : from Meleager to Planudes / Alan Cameron, Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993, ISBN 0-19-814023-1