The Greek Anthology, Volume I: Books 1-5

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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.

Bibliographic reference

The Greek Anthology, Volume I: Books 1-5. Translated by W. R. Paton. Revised by Michael A. Tueller. Loeb Classical Library 67. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014.