A volume of anecdota Brentiana was edited by Pressel in 1868.
Bekker's anecdota include mention, also, 135 of the wooden seats of this temporary theatre.
At a rather later date I gave a chapter of additional matter of the same description in my anecdota Literaria.
1670s, "secret or private stories," from French anecdote (17c.) or directly from Greek anekdota "things unpublished," neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- "not" (see an-) + ekdotos "published," from ek- "out" + didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)).
Procopius' 6c. Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian full of court gossip, gave the word a sense of "revelation of secrets," which decayed in English to "brief, amusing stories" (1761).