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of Thessalonica, an epigrammatic poet, who, besides composing a large number of epigrams himself, compiled one of the ancient Greek Anthologies.



The whole number of epigrams ascribed to him in the Greek Anthology is nearly ninety; but of these, six (Nos. 36-41) ought to be ascribed to Lucillius, and a few others are manifestly borrowed from earlier poets, while others are mere imitations. [Comp. above, PHLIPPUS, literary, Nos. 10 and 15.] They include nearly all the different classes of subjects treated of in the Greek epigrammatic poetry.

The Anthology of Philip

The Anthology (Ἀντηολογψ) of Philip, in imitation of that of Meleager, and as a sort of supplement to it, contains chiefly the epigrams of poets who lived in, or shortly before, the time of Philip. These poets were the following : Antipater of Thessalonica, Crinagoras, Antiphilus, Tullius, Philodemus, Parmenion, Antiphanes, Automedon Zonas, Bianor, Antigonus, Diodorus, Evenus, and some others whose names he does not mention. The earliest of these poets seems to be Philodemus, the contemporary of Cicero, and the latest Automedon, who probably flourished under Nerva. Hence it is inferred that Philip flourished in the time of Trajan. Various allusions in his own epigrams prove that he lived after the time of Augustus.

Further Information

Jacobs, Anth. Graec. vol. xiii. pp. 934-936.


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