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(“bouquet,” from Lat. flos, “flower,” lego, “to gather, assemble”; initially florilegus is only attested in Ovid Met. XV 366 (florilegae apes) and later as the translation for the Greek ἀνϑολογέω/anthologéō [Corpus Glossariorum Latinorum, vol. III, 1892, 124.28]); the word probably only first appeared in the modern era. Florilegium refers to a collection of excerpts from one or more works of one or several authors. The literary genre of the vϑολογία/anthología is already attested among the Greeks and principally served pedagogical purposes. Christ…

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Hainthaler, Theresia, “Florilegium”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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