Anthology, The Greek

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A collection of some 3,700 epigrams (mostly short poems in elegiac couplets) by more than 300 writers, arranged in subject in 15 books; the subjects include Christian poems, sculpture, morality, homosexual love, and riddles. The anthology was prepared in c.ad 980 by a Byzantine scholar (or scholars) who augmented a collection of ancient epigrams assembled in the previous century with a large number of uncollected poems. The manuscript of the anthology was first discovered by Salmasius in the Palatine Library at Heidelberg in 1606. Modern editions of the Anthology contain a 16th book, which was assembled by the Byzantine monk Planudes in 1299; the Planudean anthology was published in 1494 and was widely read and imitated during the Renaissance.

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