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Sappho's Immortal Daughters / Edition 1

Sappho's Immortal Daughters / Edition 1

by Margaret Williamson


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ISBN-13: 9780674789135
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/21/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 446,205
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Margaret Williamson is Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies, St. Mary's University College, University of Surrey.

Table of Contents


Note on Sappho's Texts


The Legend

Papyrus into Print

Poetry and Politics

Sexuality and Ritual

The Songs

Reading Notes

Illustration Credits


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Guest More than 1 year ago
Most educated laymen will immediately recognize the name of Sappho, the Greek poetess whose works were revered in the ancient world and whose name still resonates today. Yet few probably realize how little of Sappho's works have survived. Sappho's 'works' consist of the merest fragments. Only one poem survives in its entirety. Margaret Williamson's book does a fine job of explaining to the modern reader not just why Sappho's reputation is deserved, but how it survived intact to the present day. Especially interesting are her discussions of the production and transmission of written texts in the ancient world, the transition from papyrus scroll to parchment codex as the primary medium of preservation, and the recovery of literary fragments in nineteenth century archaeological excavations. Along the way, Ms. Williamson manages to touch on a host of related topics, such as Sappho's alleged lesbianism, the role of women in ancient Greek society, and the problems of translating and editing Sappho's surviving poetic fragments. Though some of the author's discussions of the place of women in ancient Greece may be a bit too esoteric for many general readers, her lucid prose and clear presentation of the facts make the book a pleasure to read.