editore Rich. Fr. Phil. Brunck. Analecta veterum poetarum Graecorum.Analecta veterum poetarum Graecorum. Argentorati - Strasbourg typis Ioannis Henrici Heitz, academiae typographi. 1772-1776.
3 volumes, Large octavo . Vol I : Title pp [xxxiv], 506. Vol II: Title, pp 529 (530); VolII:Title, pp 334; pp 319 (320). Colophons dated: 1st August 1772; 21st December 1773 and 30th November1776. Blue morocco with arms of Henry Fiennes Clinton, 2nd Duke of Newcastle. Text in Greek, Brunck's notes in Latin. Contains the whole of the Greek Anthology, besides some poems which are not properly included under that title. The epigrams of the Anthology were edited by Brunck, from a careful comparison of the Planudean Anthologywith various copies of the Vatican Codex ; and they now appeared for the first time revised by a scholar competent to the task. Brunck also adopted a new arrangement, which certainly has its defects, but yet is invaluable for the student of the history of Greek literature : discarding altogether the books and chapters of the early Anthology, he placed together all the epigrams of each poet, and arranged the poets themselves in chronological order, placing those epigrams, the authors of which were unknown, under the separate head of aδέσποτα. The Lectionesof Brunck are an indispensable supplement to the Analecta.
The Greek Anthologyis a collection of poems, mostly epigrams, that span the classical and Byzantine periods of Greek literature. Most of the material of the Greek Anthology comes from two manuscripts, the Palatine Anthology of the 10th century and the Anthology of Planudes (or Planudean Anthology)of the 14th century. Until 1606 the only version known was the i4th century Planudian Anthology of Maximus Planudes until Claudius Salmasius discovered the fuller collection of Constantine Cephalus in the Palantine library at Heidelberg.
Constantine Cephalas in the 10th century, had added to Meleager's Anthology a number of other collections: homoerotic verse collected by Straton of Sardis in the 2nd century AD; a collection of Christian epigrams found in churches; a collection of satirical and convivial epigrams collected by Diogenianus; Christodorus' description of statues in the Byzantine gymnasium of Zeuxippos; and a collection of inscriptions from a temple in Cyzicus. Brunck was the first editor to compare the 2 and restore works that Planudes had deleted or bowdlerised for their explicit content. Vol. ! front hinge starting ; head cap slightly damaged.
Richard François Philippe Brunck 1729 – 1803 was a French classical scholar. The first work he edited was the Anthologia Graeca or Analecta veterum Poetarum Graecorum (1772–1776), in which his innovations on the established mode of criticism startled European scholars. As an editor, he made no commentaries, but occupied himself only with the text. Persuaded that all faults in the language of the Greek poets came from the carelessness of copyists, wherever it seemed to him that an obscure or difficult passage might be made intelligible and easy by a change of text, he did not scruple to make the necessary alterations, whether the new reading were supported by manuscript authority or not.
Between 1299 and 1301 Byzantine Greek grammarian, theologian, translator, and classical scholar at Constantinople, Maximus Planudes prepared a compilation that became the basis for the Anthologia Graeca. Planudes used for the purpose three lost manuscripts: two of collections similar to the Palatine Anthology possibly compiled by Constantine the Rhodian, and a third which was an abridged version of the collection made by Byzantine schoolmaster Constantine Cephalas circa 900, on which the Palatine Anthology was based.
The Planudeawas first published in print by Laurentius (Francisci) de Alopa, Venetus, in Florence on August 11, 1494. Lascaris's edition was the version by which the work was known in Western Europe until the Palatine Anthology was published in print by French classical scholar Richard François Philippe Brunck in his Anthologia Graeca or Analecta veterum Poetarum Graecorum 3 vols., (1772–1776).
Constantinus Cephalas appears to have lived about four centuries after Agathias, and to have flourished in the tenth century, under the emperor Constantinus Porphyrogenitus. The labours of preceding compilers may be viewed as merely supplementary to the Garlandof Meleager; but the Anthology of Constantinus Cephalas was an entirely new collection from the preceding Anthologies and from original sources. Very little is known of Cephales. Modern scholars had never even heard his name till it was brought to light by the fortunate discovery of Salmasius. That great scholar, when a very young man, visited Heidelberg about the end of the year 1606, and there, in the library of the Electors Palatine, he found the MS. collection of Greek epigrams, which was afterwards removed to the Vatican, with the rest of the Palatine library (1623), and has become celebrated under the names of the Palatine Anthology and the Vatican codex of the Greek Anthology.
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