From Ancient Greek ἀνθολογία (anthologia, “flower-gathering”), from ἀνθολογέω (anthologeō, “I gather flowers”), from ἄνθος (anthos, “flower”) + λέγω (legō, “I gather, pick up, collect”), coined by Meleager of Gadara circa 60 BCE, originally as Στέφανος (στέφανος (stephanos, “garland”)) to describe a collection of poetry, later retitled anthology – see Greek Anthology. Anthologiai were collections of small Greek poems and epigrams, because in Greek culture the flower symbolized the finer sentiments that only poetry can express.
anthology (plural anthologies)
- A collection of literary works, such as poems or short stories.
- (by extension) An assortment of things.