"Literally translated by C.D. Yonge, B.A. ; with an appendix of poetical fragments, rendered into English verse by various authors, and a general index."
Athenaeus lived, and apparently wrote The Deipnosophists, sometime in the second or third century A. D. The work contains a thousand or more quotations on an expansive, but quirky, range of topics and it is the only place where many of these quotations have been preserved. These latter two facts make it a uniquely valuable resource, whatever one thinks about the issues of its completeness or its author's intent. The Deipnosophists has been translated from the Greek numerous times; thus interpretations of specific passages vary from one version to another. The Yonge translation is one of at least two which have added a topical index.