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Greek Anthology




The Greek Anthology is the largest surviving collection of short Greek poems, starting from the earliest poets and going up to Byzantine times. It is primarily based on a compilation of epigrams made by the Byzantine scholar Constantinus Cephalas in the 10th century, with some additions by Maximus Planudes in the late 13th century. It is sometimes called the Palatine Anthology, because the only surviving manuscript of Cephalas' compliation is preserved in the Palatine Library at Heidelberg.

The poems have all been translated by W.R.Paton (1916). The traditional arrangement is in 16 books (with the Planudean Anthology as Book 16); but here the poems are mostly arranged by author. All the poets who are listed here wrote before the end of the 1st century A.D.; the earlier poets (ones who lived around 100 B.C. or earlier) are marked with an asterisk.



Alcaeus of Messene *     Antipater of Sidon *
Antipater of Thessalonica     Antiphilus
Anyte * Apollonides
Archias Asclepiades *
Bianor Callimachus *
Crinagoras Dioscorides *
Leonidas of Tarentum *     Lucillius
Marcus Argentarius Meleager *
Mnasalcas * Nicarchus
Philippus Philodemus
Simonides * Theodoridas *

The epigrams of Poseidippus are available on the elfinspell.com website.
The epigrams of Theocritus are available on the theoi.com website.
Links to the epigrams of other poets can be found in the List of Other Poets.



      Epigrams by other poets, arranged by book:

Book 3   -   The Cyzicene Epigrams

Book 5   -   The Amatory Epigrams

Book 6   -   The Dedicatory Epigrams

Book 7 :   1-356 , 362-748   -   The Sepulchral Epigrams

Book 9 :   1-312 , 313-827   -   The Declamatory Epigrams

Book 10   -   The Hortatory and Admonitory Epigrams

Book 11   -   The Convivial and Satirical Epigrams

Book 12   -   Strato's 'Musa Puerilis'

Book 13   -   Epigrams in Various Metres

Book 16   -   Epigrams of the Planudean Anthology


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