The Poet and Her Community
By Franco Ferrari Translated by Benjamin Acosta-Hughes and Lucia Prauscello
This latest volume from accomplished literary critic Franco Ferrari offers extraordinary new insight into the life and works of Sappho, one of the most individualistic and evocative poets of antiquity.
Sapphos Gift: The Poet and Her Community presents the fragmentary papyrological evidence about the poems, and considers Sapphos iconography, the types of poems and their occasions, her audience, and milieu.
Important for those new to Sappho, this volume also offers fresh readings that will be of interest to scholars who are well familiar with the poems.
Chapter 1 - Song of the Headband
Chapter 2 - Exile
Chapter 3 - Sappho's School
Chapter 4 - Tales of Abandonment
Chapter 5 - The Rendering of Accounts
Chapter 6 - Contrasts
Chapter 7 - Gorgo
Chapter 8 - Iconography
Chapter 9 - Nocturnal Celebrations
Chapter 10 - Nuptial Songs
Chapter 11 - Contexts
Chapter 12 - The Grove and the Temple
Chapter 13 - To Aphrodite
Chapter 14 - "Pathography" 1:Panic
Chapter 15 - "Pathography" 2:Old Age
'Ferrari certainly meets the goal set in his preface; the range of readings and suggestions found in this book is truly impressive... recommended reading for all students of Greek lyric poetry.' (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)
Benjamin Acosta-Hughes is Professor of Greek at The Ohio State University.
Lucia Prauscello is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity Hall.