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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Anacreontea (᾿Ανακρεόντεια) is the title given to a collection of Greek poems on the topics of wine, beauty, erotic love, Dionysus, etc. The poems date to between the 1st century BC and the 6th century AD, attributed pseudepigraphically to Anacreon.

The collection is preserved in a single 10th centrury manuscript, the Anthologia Palatina (Palatinus gr. 23), discovered in the 16th century AD. The editio princeps by Henri Estienne dates to 1554.

Anacreontics is a poetic style of the Rococo period inspired by the Anacreontea.

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