Anti'philus of BYZANTIUM
), of BYZANTIUM, a writer of epigrams, who lived about the time of the emperor Nero, as appears from one of his epigrams in which he mentions the favour conferred by that emperor upon the island of Rhodes. (Anthol. Gr.
ix. n. 178; comp. Tacit. Annal.
The number of his epigrams still extant is upwards of forty, and most of them are superior in conception and style to the majority of these compositions. Reiske, in his notes on the Anthology of Cephalas (p. 191), was led, by the difference of style in some of the poems bearing the name of Antiphilus, to suppose that there were two or three poets of this name, and that their productions were all by mistake ascribed to the one poet of Byzantium.
But there is not sufficient ground for such an hypothesis.
Jacobs, ad Anthol. Gr.
xiii. p. 851, &c.