Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology

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The purpose of this book is to present a complete collection, subject to certain definitions and exceptions which will be mentioned later,
of all the best extant Greek Epigrams. Although many epigrams not given here have in different ways a special interest of their own,
none, it is hoped, have been excluded which are of the first excellence in any style. But, while it would be easy to agree on three-fourths of the matter to be included in such a scope, perhaps hardly any two persons would be in exact accordance with regard to the rest; with many pieces which lie on the border line of excellence, the decision must be made on a balance of very slight considerations, and becomes in the end one rather of personal taste than of any fixed principle.

For the Greek Anthology proper, use has chiefly been made of the two great works of Jacobs, which have not yet been superseded by any more definitive edition: /Anthologia Graeca sive Poetarum Graecorum lusus ex recensione Brunckii; indices et commentarium adiecit Friedericus
Iacobs/ (Leipzig, 1794-1814: four volumes of text and nine of indices,
prolegomena, commentary, and appendices), and /Anthologia Graeca ad fidem codicis olim Palatini nunc Parisini ex apographo Gothano edita;
curavit epigrammata in Codice Palatino desiderata et annotationem criticam adiecit Fridericus Jacobs/ (Leipzig, 1813-1817: two volumes of text and two of critical notes). An appendix to the latter contains
Paulssen’s fresh collation of the Palatine MS. The small Tauchnitz text is a very careless and inaccurate reprint of this edition. The most convenient edition of the Anthology for ordinary reference is that of F. Dubner in Didot’s /Bibliotheque Grecque/ (Paris, 1864), in two volumes, with a revised text, a Latin translation, and additional notes by various hands. The epigrams recovered from inscriptions have been collected and edited by G. Kaibel in his /Epigrammata Graeca ex labidibus conlecta/ (Berlin, 1878). As this book was going through the press, a third volume of the Didot Anthology has appeared, edited by
M. Ed. Cougny, under the title of /Appendix nova epigrammatum veterum ex libris at marmoribus ductorum/, containing what purports to be a complete collection, now made for the first time, of all extant epigrams not in the Anthology.

In the notes, I have not thought it necessary to acknowledge, except here once for all, my continual obligations to that superb monument of scholarship, the commentary of Jacobs; but where a note or a reading is borrowed from a later critic, his name is mentioned. All important deviations from the received text of the Anthology are noted, and referred to their author in each case; but, as this is not a critical edition, the received text, when retained, is as a rule printed without comment where it differs from that of the MSS. or other originals.

The references in the notes to Bergk’s /Lyrici Graeci/ give the pages of the fourth edition. Epigrams from the Anthology are quoted by the sections of the Palatine collection (/Anth. Pal./) and the appendices to it (sections xiii-xv). After these appendices follows in modern editions a collection (/App. Plan./) of all the epigrams in the
Planudean Anthology which are not found in the Palatine MS.

I have to thank Mr. P. E. Matheson, Fellow of New College, for his kindness in looking over the proofsheets of this book.


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Chicago: Unknown, "Preface," Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Mackail, J. W. (John William), 1859-1945 in Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed October 27, 2020,

MLA: Unknown. "Preface." Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Mackail, J. W. (John William), 1859-1945, in Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 27 Oct. 2020.

Harvard: Unknown, 'Preface' in Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 27 October 2020, from