Il proemio della Corona di Filippo di Tessalonica e la sua funzione programmatica
Philip of Thessalonica edited his Στέφανος, an anthology of epigrams, around the mid I century AD, thus imitating the collection that Meleager had produced, with the same title, roughly one hundred and fifty years before. The whole proem to Philip’s Στέφανος is constructed as an aemulatio of Meleager’s first poem, even though somewhere it ostensibly contrasts it: various elements - partly already familiar to the critical debate, partly still to be thoroughly examined - stress a clear programmatic function in AP IV 2. Starting from his proem, Philip provides an example of what the style of the πλότεροι (v. 6) is supposed to be: elaborate and, above all, concise. The poets of this collection speak on several occasions with a virulent anti-Callimacheian tone; but in their overall interpretation of the ‘genre’ and in their detailed use of generic repertoire, they prove to be ‘Alexandrian’ to the utmost.