Sappho

Overview

This volume combines the author's various scholarly writings on the Greek poet Sappho, including two major unpublished studies, "The Rosy-Fingered Moon: Imagination and Reality in the Poems of Sappho" and "The Garden of the Graces: The Survival of the Bronze-Age Religious Motifs into the Modern Lyric Poem," as well as a new complete translation of Sappho's poetry.

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Overview

This volume combines the author's various scholarly writings on the Greek poet Sappho, including two major unpublished studies, "The Rosy-Fingered Moon: Imagination and Reality in the Poems of Sappho" and "The Garden of the Graces: The Survival of the Bronze-Age Religious Motifs into the Modern Lyric Poem," as well as a new complete translation of Sappho's poetry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882145747
  • Publisher: Spring
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas McEvilley is a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he heads the department of Art Criticism and Writing. Previously, he taught at Rice University in Houston, Texas. McEvilley holds a Ph.D. in classical philology. In addition to Greek and Latin, he has studied Sanskrit and has taught numerous courses on Greek and Indian culture, history of religion and philosophy, and art. He has published countless scholarly monographs and articles on early Greek poetry, philosophy, and religion, including the monumental study, The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies (2002).

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Table of Contents

Prefatory Remarks 7

Pt. 1 The Rosy-Fingered Moon: Imagination and Reality in the Poems of Sappho

I Introduction 15

II The Song of the Sacred Grove (Fragment 2) 27

III The Devotees of the Goddess (Fragment 94) 47

IV The Magic in Action (Fragment 96) 65

V The View from the Outside (Fragment 16) 101

VI The Face Behind the Mask (Fragment 31) 117

VII The Figure in the Doorway (Ode 1) 147

VIII A Garland of Rosebuds 169

IX The Hymeneal Songs 185

X The Biographical Question Again 215

XI The Linking Fragments 239

XII Varia 251

Pt. 2 The Garden of the Graces: The Survival of Bronze Age Religious Motifs into the Modern Lyric Poem 293

Pt. 3 The Clear-Voiced Song-Loving Lyre: Recent Explorations in Sapphic Studies 381

Index 455

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