ANTHOLOGIA PALATINA A collection of ca. 4500 poetic compositions, the work of more than 350 authors from a period of 16 centuries. The collection was collated in 980 by an anonymous author from previous anthologies: those of Constantine Cephalas 9th-10th c., Agathias 6th c., Philip of Thessalonica 1st c. AD and Meleager early 1st c. AD. The anthology was discovered only at the end of the 16th c. in the codex Palatinus 23 of Heidelberg, hence the name Palatina. The contents of the 16 books into which it is subdivided are 1 Christian epigrams 4th-10th c.; 2 description of the statues in the Gymnasium of Zeusippus of Constantinople, by Christodorus of Coptos 5th-6th c.; 3 epigrams from the bas-reliefs of the temple of Apollonis, mother of Attalus and Eumenes, at Cyzicus; 4 the real beginning of the anthology which connects the proems of Meleager, Philip and Agazia to their respective collections; 6 dedicatory epigrams; 7 funerary epigrams; 8 Christian epigrams by Gregory of Nazianzus; 9 descriptive epigrams; 10 protreptic epigrams; 11 convivial and satirical epigrams; 12 Juvenilia of Strato of Sardis; 13 epigrams in various meters; 14 arithmetical, enigmatic and riddling epigrams; 15 miscellanea. A book XVI, added by moderns and called Appendice Planudea, gathers 388 new epigrams taken from the Anthologia Planudea. That anthology is similar to the Anthologia Palatina and takes its name from the Byzantine monk Maximus Planudis 13th-14th c., whose autograph is in the Biblioteca Marciana, Venice. Its seven books largely correspond to the first seven of the Anthologia Palatina, from which it is derived. Planudis, by his own declaration, made use of two sources: the first probably the codex Palatinus or a copy of it, the other an independent, abbreviated edition of Cephalas.5877479210 – Maximos Planudes – Epigrammatum Anthologia Palatina … holidaymapq


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