The Declamatory and Descriptive Epigrams
This book, as we should naturally expect, is especially rich in epigrams from the Stephanus of Philippus, the rhetorical style of epigram having been in vogue during the period covered by that collection. There are several quite long series from this source, retaining the alphabetical order in which they were arranged, Nos. 215–312, 403–423, 541–562. It is correspondingly poor in poems from Meleager’s Stephanus (Nos. 313–338). It contains a good deal of the Alexandrian Palladas, a contemporary of Hypatia, most of which we could well dispense with. The latter part, from No. 582 onwards, consists mostly of real or pretended inscriptions on works of art or buildings, many quite unworthy of preservation, but some, especially those on baths, quite graceful. The last three epigrams, written in a later hand, do not belong to the original Anthology.