From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
An anthology, literally "a garland" or "collection of flowers", is a collection of literary works, originally of poems, but its usage has broadened to be applied to collections of short story and comic strips. In genre fiction and especially science fiction, anthology is used to categorize collections of shorter works such as short stories, Novelettes up through short novels all collected into a (usually single) volume for publication.
The word derives from the Greek word for garland — or bouquet of flowers — which was the title of the earliest surviving anthology, assembled by Meleager of Gadara. Meleager's Garland became the seed that grew into the Greek Anthology. The term miscellany is also used, but was more common in the past.
In music, the term refers to a collection of works by an artist with a long and varied career. While the definition would include typical "greatest hits" sets, the term is used as a marketing device to indicate a collection that can include a performer's best-known songs along with lesser known pieces, demos, live recordings, unreleased work, etc., such as Lee Perry's Arkology.
From Greek ανθολογία (anthologia) "flower-gathering", from ανθολογέω (anthologeo) "to gather flowers", from άνθος (anthos) "flower" + λέγω (lego) "to gather, to pick up, to collect". Anthologiai were collections of small Greek poems and epigrams, because in Greek culture the flower symbolize the finer sentiments that only poetry can express.
- Anthology of Black Humor (1940) - André Breton
- Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque
- Tales of the Dead
- Anthology Film Archives
- Fantasy Pieces in Callot's Manner