The world has long wished for more of Sappho's poetry, which exists mostly in tantalizing fragments. So the apparent recovery in 2004 of a virtually intact poem by Sappho, only the fourth to have survived almost complete, has generated unprecedented excitement and discussion among scholarly and lay audiences alike. This volume is the first collection of essays in English devoted to discussion of the newly-recovered Sappho poem and two other incomplete texts on the same papyri. Containing eleven new essays by leading scholars, it addresses a wide range of textual and philological issues connected with the find. Using different approaches, the contributions demonstrate how the "New Sappho" can be appreciated as a gracefully spare poetic statement regarding the painful inevitability of death and aging.
About the Author
Dirk Obbink is University Lecturer in Papyrology and Greek Literature, Christ Church, Oxford.
Deborah Boedeker is Professor of Classics at Brown University and Joint Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies.
Gregory Nagy is Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and Director of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
A Note On Classics@ vii
Chapter 1 Introduction Marilyn B. Skinner 1
Chapter 2 Sappho Fragments 58-59: Text, Apparatus Criticus, and Translation Dirk Obbink 7
Chapter 3 The Cologne Sappho: Its Discovery and Textual Constitution J?rgen Hammerstaedt 17
Chapter 4 The New Sappho Poem: (P.K?ln 21351 and 21376) Key to the Old Fragments Andr? Lardinois 41
Chapter 5 Tithonus in the "New Sappho" and the Narrated Mythical Exemplum in Archaic Greek Poetry Lowell Edmunds 58
Chapter 6 No Way Out?: Aging in the New (and Old) Sappho Deborah Boedeker 71
Chapter 7 Acceptance or Assertion?: Sappho's New Poem in its Books Joel Lidov 84
Chapter 8 The Meter and Metrical Style of the New Poem Joel Lidov 103
Chapter 9 "Once" and "Now": Temporal Markers and Sappho's Self-Representation Eva Stehle 118
Chapter 10 The New Sappho in a Hellenistic Poetry Book Dee Clayman 131
Chapter 11 Sappho 58: Philosophical Reflections on Death and Aging Ellen Greene 147
Chapter 12 A Reading of Sappho Poem 58, Fragment 31 and Mimnermus Marguerite Johnson 162
Chapter 13 The "New Sappho" Reconsidered in the Light of the Athenian Reception of Sappho Gregory Nagy 176
About the Contributors 201
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