The post-classical compilation identified to fashionable scholarship because the Latin Anthology features a number of 100 riddles, each one which include 3 hexameters and preceded by way of a lemma. it should appear 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 impact on later collections of riddles; but its identify (probably the Aenigmata) has been debated, and nearly not anything is understood approximately its writer: questions have even been requested approximately his identify (Symphosius?) and date (4th-5th centuruy Ad?).
In this version 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 starting place (North African?) and highbrow heritage (a expert grammarian?), and argues that he used to be now not Christian, as has been steered. It examines the Saturnalian heritage to the paintings, atmosphere it in its sociological context, and discusses the author's literary bills – particularly to Martial. The creation additionally explores the author's ordering and association of the riddles, discusses his literary sort, Latinity and metre, and reviews in brief on his Nachleben. It concludes with a survey of the textual culture. The remark on every one riddle encompasses a translation, common notes at the item it describes (with reference, as invaluable, to museums and artefacts), and dialogue of ways it suits into the ordering of the gathering, of variation readings and, with appropriate representation, of literary, stylistic and metrical issues. different components, comparable to heritage and mythology, also are coated the place appropriate.