On first encounter, the Romanians' anthology felt like a wonderful one-liner.
Khalil Gibran, the Lebanese poet best known to readers here for his 1923 book The Prophet, begins the anthology.
The strength of this anthology is that it gives us an idea of what is European in the broadest possible sense.
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.