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by Diane J. Rayor

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  • ISBN 0520073363
  • ISBN13 978-0520073364
  • Language English
  • Author Diane J. Rayor
  • Publisher University of California Press; First edition (August 22, 1991)
  • Pages 238
  • Formats lrf azw doc mbr
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory History and Criticism
  • Size ePub 1474 kb
  • Size Fb2 1176 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
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Sappho sang her poetry to the accompaniment of the lyre on the Greek island of Lesbos over 2500 years ago. Throughout the Greek world, her contemporaries composed lyric poetry full of passion, and in the centuries that followed the golden age of archaic lyric, new forms of poetry emerged. In this unique anthology, today's reader can enjoy the works of seventeen poets, including a selection of archaic lyric and the complete surviving works of the ancient Greek women poets―the latter appearing together in one volume for the first time.Sappho's Lyre is a combination of diligent research and poetic artistry. The translations are based on the most recent discoveries of papyri (including "new" Archilochos and Stesichoros) and the latest editions and scholarship. The introduction and notes provide historical and literary contexts that make this ancient poetry more accessible to modern readers.Although this book is primarily aimed at the reader who does not know Greek, it would be a splendid supplement to a Greek language course. It will also have wide appeal for readers of' ancient literature, women's studies, mythology, and lovers of poetry.

This volume is significant as it includes the works of all the ancient women poets together in one book for the first time ever.

While this book contains one of the worst forewords I have ever read in an academic text thus far, Rayor's collection, translation, and breadth of notation allows a much easier-to-read experience than other translators of Greek lyricists, especially as someone with little cultural context in which to frame many of these poems and fragments.

Sappho sang her poetry to the accompaniment of the lyre on the Greek island of Lesbos over 2500 years ago. Throughout the Greek world, her contemporaries composed lyric poetry full of passion, and in the centuries that followed the golden age of archaic lyric, new forms of poetry. Throughout the Greek world, her contemporaries composed lyric poetry full of passion, and in the centuries that followed the golden age of archaic lyric, new forms of poetry emerged. In this unique anthology, today's reader can enjoy the works of seventeen poets, including a selection of archaic lyric and the complete surviving works of the ancient Greek women poets-the latter appearing together in one volume for the first time.

This volume is significant as it includes the works of all the ancient women poets together in one book for the first time ever.

Diane J. Rayor is Professor of Classics at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, in the department she . Rayor is Professor of Classics at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, in the department she helped found. In 2011, she received the prestigious Glenn A. Niemeyer Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Her translations of ancient Greek poetry and drama include Euripides’ "Medea"; Sophocles’ "Antigone"; Sappho's Lyre: Archaic Lyric and Women Poets of Ancient Greece; and, with Stanley Lombardo, Callimachus.

Sappho was an Archaic Greek poet from the island of Lesbos. Sappho is known for her lyric poetry, written to be sung while accompanied by a lyre. In ancient times, Sappho was widely regarded as one of the greatest lyric poets and was given names such as the "Tenth Muse" and "The Poetess". Most of Sappho's poetry is now lost, and what is extant has survived only in fragmentary form, except for one complete poem: the "Ode to Aphrodite".

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