The Greek Anthology contains some 4,500 Greek poems in the sparkling, diverse genre of epigram, written by more than a hundred poets and collected over many centuries. To the original collection, called The Garland (Stephanus) by its contributing editor, Meleager of Gadara (first century BCE), was added another Garland by Philip of Thessalonica (mid-first century CE) and then a Cycle by Agathias of Myrina (567/568 CE). In about 900 CE these collections (now lost) and perhaps others (also lost, by Rufinus, Diogenianus, Strato, and Palladas) were partly incorporated and arranged into fifteen books according to subject by Constantine Cephalas; most of his collection is preserved in a manuscript called the Palatine Anthology. A second manuscript, the Planudean Anthology made by Maximus Planudes in 1301, contains epigrams omitted by Cephalas.
This Loeb edition replaces the earlier edition by W. R. Paton, with a Greek text and ample notes reflecting current scholarship. Volume I contains the following: Book 1. Christian Epigrams; Book 2. Descriptions of Statues; Book 3. Inscriptions in a Temple at Cyzicus; Book 4. Prefaces to the Garlands of Meleager and Philip and the Cycle of Agathias; and Book 5. Erotic Epigrams.
- PREFACE vii
- GENERAL INTRODUCTION ix
- ABBREVIATIONS xxiii
- GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHY xxv
- BOOK I. CHRISTIAN EPIGRAMS
- BOOK II. DESCRIPTION OF THE STATUES IN THE GYMNASIUM OF ZEUXIPPUS
- BOOK III. EPIGRAMS IN THE TEMPLE OF APOLLONIS AT CYZICUS
- BOOK IV. PREFACES TO THE VARIOUS ANTHOLOGIES
- BOOK V. EROTIC EPIGRAMS
- Volume I: Book 6 (1916 edition) (1916 ED.)
- Volume II: Books 7-8 LCL 68
- Volume III: Book 9 LCL 84
- Volume IV: Books 10-12 LCL 85
- Volume V: Books 13-16 LCL 86