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Sappho's Lyre

Sappho's Lyre: Archaic Lyric and Women Poets of Ancient Greece

TRANSLATIONS, WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES, BY DIANE J. RAYOR
Foreword by W.R. Johnson
Copyright Date: 1991
Pages: 234
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctt1ppgxf
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    Sappho's Lyre
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    Sappho sang her poetry to the accompaniment of the lyre on the Greek island of Lesbos over 2500 years ago. Throughout the Greek world, her contemporaries composed lyric poetry full of passion, and in the centuries that followed the golden age of archaic lyric, new forms of poetry emerged. In this unique anthology, today's reader can enjoy the works of seventeen poets, including a selection of archaic lyric and the complete surviving works of the ancient Greek women poets-the latter appearing together in one volume for the first time.Sappho's Lyreis a combination of diligent research and poetic artistry. The translations are based on the most recent discoveries of papyri (including "new" Archilochos and Stesichoros) and the latest editions and scholarship. The introduction and notes provide historical and literary contexts that make this ancient poetry more accessible to modern readers. Although this book is primarily aimed at the reader who does not know Greek, it would be a splendid supplement to a Greek language course. It will also have wide appeal for readers of' ancient literature, women's studies, mythology, and lovers of poetry.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-91096-6
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. ix-xx)
    W.R. Johnson

    Thanks mostly to Horace, some of the spirit and much of the letter of Greek lyric, though not the lyrics themselves, had both fame and influence in European culture even before the Greek language and its extant literature were recovered for Western Europe. Its favored motifs, its rhetorical strategies, its dynamics of transition, modulation, and “sequences of aspects,” its spectrum of appropriate masks and the plausible situations of sung discourse, all the formal and thematic materials that Greek lyric poets had developed, were passed on by Horace to his medieval heirs (admittedly in ways that the Latin language and the...

  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  5. Map
    (pp. xxiii-xxiv)
  6. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. 1-20)

    Sappho’s Lyreincludes poets from the seventh to the second centuries b.c.e.: eight archaic lyric poets and nine later women poets. From the archaic period (the seventh and sixth centuries) Sappho is the only extant female poet, and is today the best known of all these poets. Three of the later women poets wrote in the fifth century, during the classical period when the great tragedies were produced in Athens. The remaining six women poets are from the Hellenistic period (dating from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 b.c.e. to 30 b.c.e.). This ancient poetry provides “glimpses that...

  7. ARCHILOCHOS
    (pp. 21-30)
  8. ALKMAN
    (pp. 31-38)
  9. STESICHOROS
    (pp. 39-50)
  10. SAPPHO
    (pp. 51-82)
  11. ALKAIOS
    (pp. 83-90)
  12. IBYKOS
    (pp. 91-94)
  13. ANAKREON
    (pp. 95-100)
  14. SIMONIDES
    (pp. 101-108)
  15. KORINNA
    (pp. 109-116)
  16. TELESILLA
    (pp. 117-118)
  17. PRAXILLA
    (pp. 119-120)
  18. ERINNA
    (pp. 121-124)
  19. ANYTE
    (pp. 125-132)
  20. NOSSIS
    (pp. 133-136)
  21. MOIRO
    (pp. 137-138)
  22. HEDYLA
    (pp. 139-140)
  23. MELINNO
    (pp. 141-142)
  24. Abbreviations
    (pp. 143-144)
  25. Notes
    (pp. 145-196)
  26. Select Bibliography
    (pp. 197-202)
  27. Numeration Table
    (pp. 203-207)
  28. Back Matter
    (pp. 208-208)