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Greek Anthology,

a collection of short epigrammatic poems representing Greek literature from the 7th cent. B.C. to the 10th cent. A.D. It contains more than 6,000 poems on a variety of subjects by some 320 authors. MeleagerMeleager
, hero in Greek mythology. He was the son of Oeneus, king of Calydon, and Althaea. When Meleager was born, a prophecy said that he would die when a certain log in the fire was burned. His mother snatched the log from the fire and hid it.
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 compiled a collection of epigrams (which he called the Garland) probably between 100 B.C. and 80 B.C. Later others made additions or new collections. Early in the 10th cent. Constantius Cephalas made a compilation that became the basis of the Palatine Anthology, so called because the sole manuscript was found in the library of the count Palatine in Heidelberg. In the first half of the 14th cent. a monk, Planudes MaximusPlanudes Maximus
or Maximus Planudes,
c.1260–c.1330, Byzantine scholar, an exceptionally learned monk. His edition of the Greek Anthology was long the standard. His prose collection of Aesop's Fables is outstanding.
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, rearranged this collection, making additions and excluding many poems from the older compilation. The Planudes version was used until the Palatine Anthology was rediscovered in 1606. There are several good English translations, particularly those by J. W. Mackail (3d ed. 1911), W. R. Paton (with Greek texts, 5 vol., 1916–26), Dudley Fitts (rev. ed. 1956), and Peter Jay (1973).
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The original Imagists often wrote short poems that resembled those in the Greek Anthology (Archilochus and others) or Japanese haiku; there was usually a certain formality about them.
His latest collection, The Greek Anthology, Book XVII(Carcanet, 2012), listed as a TLS Book of the Year.
The Greek Anthology Book XVII is Cork-born poet Greg Delanty's tenth collection, an impressive output of work that includes a substantial retrospective volume of Collected Poems 1986-2006.
In a wonderful discussion of Cavafy's relations with the love poets of the Greek Anthology, many of whom Economou translated in his 2006 book Acts of Love, he uses lines by Archilochos to show how in "Grey" Cavafy transforms "cruel glee" at a beloved's loss of beauty into "the image of the beloved and his once beautiful .
Instead, with the Greek Anthology as a signal light and Palgrave's Golden Treasury as the rocky shoals, the interventionist anthology assumed that positive artistic involvement in social life was possible, and that it might even transform the future--or at least the literary marketplace.
Percy wrote the forward to his Birds and Beasts of the Greek Anthology (1928), an anthology honoring pedagogical Greek love.
Riddles, word games and double entendres about love were popular throughout antiquity, and are especially evident in the Hellenistic epigrams preserved in The Greek Anthology, a collection of poems dating from the Greek through to the Byzantine periods, and on personal effects such as rings and carved gems.
Secundus's poems are entirely characteristic of this, showing at the same time the various predictable influences on his compositions: Catullus and Martial among the Roman poets and, of course, the Greek Anthology.
A massive collection of Byzantine date called the Greek Anthology is the source from which most of Economou's epigrams have been taken.
After all, the verses by ancient Greek and Roman poets now known as The Greek Anthology is an encyclopedic gathering of epigrams.
Two documentation pieces look at Alciato and the Greek Anthology, and the occurrences of the word emblema in printed works before Alciato.
9) He also recognized differences in tone, distinguishing between "naive" and "pointed" epigrams; the former represented in the Greek Anthology and Catullus, the latter in Martial.