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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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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. Roland Guillot does a good job in the introduction of identifying these various influences--to which might be added the Horace of the Epodes--as well as giving a sense of the humanist circles in which Secundus was moving.
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The true use and value of religious art is perhaps best summed up in this devotional epigram (one of several) by the sixth-century Byzantine poet-historian Agathias (Greek Anthology 1.34):
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