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Sappho's Gift
The Poet and Her Community

By Franco Ferrari Translated by Benjamin Acosta-Hughes and Lucia Prauscello

Sappho's Gift
Hardback, 239 pages £20.00
Published: 2010
ISBN: 9780979971334
Format: 231mm x 147mm
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Subjects: Classical Studies and Ancient History, Michigan Classical Press

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.


Translators' Preface

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.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 239 pages
 231mm x 147mm

BIC Code:
  LIT004190, LIT011000, POE000000
 Michigan Classical Press


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