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The New Sappho on Old Age

The New Sappho on Old Age

Textual and Philosophical Issues

Edited by Ellen Greene and Marilyn Skinner

ISBN 9780674032958

Publication date: 03/31/2010

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 complete, gracefully spare poetic statement regarding the painful inevitability of death and aging.

Author

  • Ellen Greene is Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma.

Book Details

  • 250 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 9 inches
  • Center for Hellenic Studies

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