Greek Anthology

Marble fragment from the Church of Hagios Polyeuktos, Constantinople, with a portion of the epigram recorded in the Greek Anthology (I.10). Image: Flickr.

The Greek Anthology is a conventional title given to a large collection of epigrams and other poetry on subjects and works of art from Classical Greece to medieval Byzantium. The collection was handed down from various poets, but the edition that is known to us today was largely assembled in tenth-century Constantinople by Constantine Cephalas. Maximus Planudes continued this anthologizing tradition with his own edition in the thirteenth century. The most accessible translation is published in the Loeb series [Kenyon proxy link]; older open access editions are provided below.

Book I: Christian Epigrams

Book II: Christodorus of Thebes in Egypt

Book III: The Cyzicene Epigrams

Book IV: The Proems of the Different Anthologies

Book VI: The Dedicatory Epigrams

Book VII: Sepulchral Epigrams

Book VIII: The Epigrams of Saint Gregory the Theologian

Book IX: The Declamatory Epigrams

Book X: The Hortatory and Admonitory Epigrams

Book XI: The Convivial and Satirical Epigrams

Book XII: Strato's Musa Puerilis

Book XIII: Epigrams in Various Metres

Book XIV: Arithmetical Problems, Riddles, Oracles

Book XV: Miscellanea

Book XVI: Epigrams of the Planudean Anthology not in the Palatine Manuscript