Greek Anthology

Book XI

The convivial and satirical Epigrams

This book is divided in the MS. into two sections, the Convivial Epigrams, Nos. 1–64, and the Satirical Epigrams, No. 65 to the end, the former section, not exclusively convivial, being in part at least derived from the Stephanus of Philippus (8–9, 23–46, 49–50) and the Cycle of Agathias (57–61, 63–64). The second section, the Satirical poems, while containing much of the work of Palladas, with whom readers became acquainted in the preceding Book, a very limited number of poems from the Stephanus of Philippus (158, 168, 318–322, 324–327, 346–348) and a few by Agathias and Macedonius, is largely the work of two writers much allied in style, Lucilius and Nicarchus (we may add Ammianus), whose contributions are not derived from the main sources of the Anthology. Lucilius lived in the time of Nero, and Nicarchus probably was contemporary. They both very much remind us of Martial, who probably had read them. There is plenty of evidence that Nicarchus wrote in Alexandria, and I think the same may be true of Lucilius (see No. 212). There are very few epigrams in this book (195, 218, 223, 362–3) from the Stephanus of Meleager.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.greek_anthology_11.1918