The post-classical compilation identified to fashionable scholarship because the Latin Anthology incorporates a choice of 100 riddles, each one which include 3 hexameters and preceded by way of a lemma. it's going to look from the preface to this assortment that they have been composed extempore at a dinner to have a good time the Roman Saturnalia. The paintings used to be to have a defining effect on later collections of riddles; but its name (probably the Aenigmata) has been debated, and virtually not anything is understood approximately its writer: questions have even been requested approximately his identify (Symphosius?) and date (4th-5th centuruy Ad?).
In this variation of the riddles, the Introducion discusses the work's name and its author's id: in addition to his identify and date, it considers his nationwide foundation (North African?) and highbrow history (a expert grammarian?), and argues that he was once no longer Christian, as has been steered. It examines the Saturnalian history to the paintings, environment it in its sociological context, and discusses the author's literary accounts – particularly to Martial. The advent additionally explores the author's ordering and association of the riddles, discusses his literary kind, Latinity and metre, and reviews in short on his Nachleben. It concludes with a survey of the textual culture. The observation on each one riddle features a translation, normal notes at the item it describes (with reference, as valuable, to museums and artefacts), and dialogue of the way it suits into the ordering of the gathering, of version readings and, with compatible representation, of literary, stylistic and metrical concerns. different components, akin to historical past and mythology, also are coated the place correct.