This book offers the first interdisciplinary and in-depth study of the cultural practices and ideological paradigms that conditioned the politics of the "reading" of Sappho's songs in the early and most pivotal stages of her reception. In this wide-ranging synthesis, Dimitrios Yatromanolakis investigates visual representations and ancient texts in their synchronic and diachronic multilayeredness to trace the discursive nexuses that defined the making of "Sappho" in the late archaic, classical, and early Hellenistic periods. Offering a systematic analysis of the contextual cues provided by vase paintings and focusing on the sociocultural institution of the symposion, this book explores the intricate modes of the assimilation of Sappho's poetry into diverse social, aesthetic, and performative contexts. Drawing on a number of disciplines, including archaeology, papyrology, and anthropology, Sappho in the Making articulates a new methodological Problematik on the reception of archaic Greek socioaesthetic cultures.
About the Author
Dimitrios Yatromanolakis is a former Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University and a recipient of the Berlin Prize.
Table of Contents
- List of Illustrations
- Note on Transliteration
- Chapter One: An Anthropology of Reception
- Chapter Two: Ethnographic Archives of Vraisemblance in Attic Ceramics
- Chapter Three: The Anthropology of Ancient Reception
- Chapter Four: Traditions in Flux
- Chapter Five: In Search of Sappho’s Companions
- Abbreviations and Bibliography
- Index of Subjects
- Index of Names
- Index of Greek Terms