Epigrams from the Greek Anthology
Epigrams from the Greek Anthology
  • The Greek Anthology is our principal source for an entire genre of ancient Greek literature, the epigram (short poems).
  • The first large-scale translation from the Greek Anthology in nearly a century.
  • Translated into lively and readable verse, without sacrificing accuracy; and is unexpurgated.
  • The detailed introduction explains the origins of Greek epigram; the ancient anthology tradition; the social world of the poets; the reception of the Anthology in education and literature; and its role in the formation of modern identities.
  • The poems of the Anthology tell on Greek life across more than a millennium, from epigram's Hellenistic beginnings right through to Christian Constantinople.
  • Extensive explantory notes on the poems.

Lush Diodorus sets the lads on fire,
But now another has him in his net -
Timarion, the boy with wanton eyes . . .
Meleager, AP 12.109

Encompassing four thousand short poems and more, the ramshackle classic we call the Greek Anthology gathers up a millennium of snapshots from ancient daily life. Its influence echoes not merely in the classic tradition of the English epigram (Pope, Dryden) but in Rudyard Kipling, Ezra Pound, Virgina Woolf, T. S. Eliot, H.D., and the poets of the First World War. Its variety is almost infinite. Victorious armies, ruined cities, and Olympic champions share space with lovers' quarrels and laments for the untimely dead - but also with jokes and riddles, art appreciation, potted biographies of authors, and scenes from country life and the workplace.

This selection of more than 600 epigrams in verse is the first major translation from the Greek Anthology in nearly a century. Each of the Anthology's books of epigrams is represented here, in manuscript order, and with extensive notes on the history and myth that lie behind them.


The Christian epigrams
Epigrams at Cyzicus
Erotic epigrams by various poets
The dedicatory epigrams
Epigrams on tombs
Epigrams of Saint Gregory the Theologian
Rhetorical epigrams
Advisory epigrams
Sympotic and scoptic epigrams
Strato's Boyish Muse
Epigrams in assorted metres
Arithmetical problems, riddles, and oracles
Miscellaneous epigrams
The Planudean Appendix
Explantory Notes


Gideon Nisbet, Reader in Classics, University of Birmingham

Gideon Nisbet is Reader in Classics at the University of Birmingham. He researches and teaches in ancient literature, particularly epigram, and its reception in the modern world. His previous OUP publications include Greek Epigram in the Roman Empire (2003), Greek Epigram in Reception (2013), and, also in the Oxford World's Classics, Martial: Epigrams, with Parallel Latin Text (2015).


ISBN : 9780198854654

Gideon Nisbet
368 ページ
129 x 196 mm mm
Oxford World's Classics





Epigrams from the Greek Anthology

Epigrams from the Greek Anthology

Epigrams from the Greek Anthology