I.a selection, consisting of the finest passages, from a written composition.
I. In gen.: eclogas ex Annali descriptas, Varr. ap. Charis. p. 97 P.—
II. In partic., a short poem of any kind, like the poems in the Sylvae of Statius; cf. Stat. S. 3 praef.; 4 praef.; the Idyls of Ausonius; cf. Aus. Idyll. 10 praef.; “the Odes of Horace,” id. ib. 11 praef., and in many MSS. of Horace; and in the grammarians the Bucolica of Vergil are also called Eclogae, Eclogues; cf. Heyne de Carm. Bucol. in Verg. Opp. ed. Wagn. I. p. 18.