Anthology
(1,059 words)

1. Terminology and meaning

The term “anthology” denotes a collection of texts in book form, usually epigrams and poems, short prose works, or excerpts from texts. The term comes from Greek and means “gathering of flowers” (compare Latin florilegium). The etymology expresses the character of the selected texts, considered to be of high quality and exemplary, which was central to the anthologies of Greek and Roman antiquity. Besi…

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Häntzschel, Günter, “Anthology”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 16 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016885>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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