a book or other collection of selected writings by various authors, usually in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same subject:
an anthology of Elizabethan drama; an anthology of modern philosophy.
a collection of selected writings by one author.
Historical Examples

Indeed the pangs of the anthologist, if he has conscience, are burdensome.
Modern Essays John Macy

But the anthologist had not been ‘wrapped up’ like the rest of us.
Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front E. W. Hornung

Its director was a man of letters and an anthologist of repute.
The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

noun (pl) -gies
a collection of literary passages or works, esp poems, by various authors
any printed collection of literary pieces, songs, works of art, etc

1630s, “collection of poetry,” from Latin anthologia, from Greek anthologia “collection of small poems and epigrams by several authors,” literally “flower-gathering,” from anthos “a flower” (see anther) + logia “collection, collecting,” from legein “gather” (see lecture (n.)). Modern sense (which emerged in Late Greek) is metaphoric, “flowers” of verse, small poems by various writers gathered together.

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