Greek Anthology

Book XV


We may consider that the miscellaneous epigrams (some of them from inscriptions) Nos. 1–20 were collected by Cephalas, as it has been pointed out that Constantinus of Rhodes, to whom we owe Nos. 14–17 and who no doubt also transcribed No. 11, was a contemporary of Cephalas, both holding ecclesiastical offices at the Court of Constantine Porphyrogenitus (a.d. 911–959). Nos. 21, 22, 24–27 consist of the so-called Technopaegnia, included also in some MSS. of the Bucolic Poets. They are poems written in enigmatic language, and each formed so as to represent the shape of some object. Nos. 28–40 are chiefly Christian poems, probably again collected by Cephalas, as two are by his contemporary, Arethas, Bishop of Caesarea, and Cometas, the author of 36–38 and 40, seems also to belong to the same period.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.greek_anthology_15.1918