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date: 03 March 2021

Anthologia Latinalocked

  • M. D. Reeve

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Anthologia Latina, a modern invention gradually created in print and not intrinsically distinct from Poetae Latini minores or the *Appendix Vergiliana, gathers poems mostly short that have no better home. Riese's arrangement by date of attestation has fewest drawbacks.The largest block, found in the corrupt and mutilated Codex Salmasianus (8th–9th cent.), was compiled in Vandal Africa, on which it sheds interesting light. In numbered sections of unequal length it embraces a liber epigrammatōn in various metres by *Luxorius (Riese 287–375), which yields a date after 533 ce; another collection probably by one African poet (R. 90–197); Virgilian *centos; couplets that end as they begin, or are repeated in reverse; epigrams attributed to the younger *Seneca; snippets of *Propertius, *Ovid, *Martial; *Symphosius' 100 *riddles; and longer pieces such as the *Pervigilium Veneris. A Claudian and Neronian block in the Codex Vossianus (c.

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