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The Cambridge Companion to Sappho

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P. J. Finglass, Adrian Kelly, Maarit Kivilo, Rosalind Thomas, Melissa Mueller, Wolfgang Rösler, Deborah Steiner, Leslie Kurke, Franco Ferrari, Luigi Battezzato, Olga Tribulato, Vanessa Cazzato, André Lardinois, Alex Purves, Ruth Scodel, Laura Swift, Lucia Prauscello, Lyndsay Coo, Richard Hunter, Llewelyn Morgan, Ewen Bowie, Filippomaria Pontani, Stuart Gillespie, Cecilia Piantanida, Marguerite Johnson, Dimitrios Kargiotis, Barbara Goff, Katherine Harloe, Robert De Brose, Adriana X. Jacobs, Ruth Vanita, Jingling Chen
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  • Date Published: April 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316638774

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  • No ancient poet has a wider following today than Sappho; her status as the most famous woman poet from Greco-Roman antiquity, and as one of the most prominent lesbian voices in history, has ensured a continuing fascination with her work down the centuries. The Cambridge Companion to Sappho provides an up-to-date survey of this remarkable, inspiring, and mysterious Greek writer, whose poetic corpus has been significantly expanded in recent years thanks to the discovery of new papyrus sources. Containing an introduction, prologue and thirty-three chapters, the book examines Sappho's historical, social, and literary contexts, the nature of her poetic achievement, the transmission, loss, and rediscovery of her poetry, and the reception of that poetry in cultures far removed from ancient Greece, including Latin America, India, China, and Japan. All Greek is translated, making the volume accessible to everyone interested in one of the most significant creative artists of all time.

    • Explores the life and work of the most important woman writer of the Greco-Roman world
    • Takes into account recent papyrological finds which have added new poems to the corpus
    • Investigates the world-wide impact of Sappho's poetry, across cultures far removed from ancient Greece in space and time
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    Awards

    • Winner, 2022 Choice Outstanding Academic Titles

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Including a general index (in addition to the reception index) and a very useful bibliography, this volume will be indispensable for all who are interested in Sappho and her tradition and for those working on archaic Greek poetry in general … Highly recommended.' P. Nieto, Choice Magazine

    'Greater appreciation for Sappho's poems, increasing acceptance of lesbianism, poetic modernism, second-wave feminism, and feminist scholarship all contribute to a new view of her as poet and musician, yielding new fictions, and new translations…' Eva Stehle, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    'a 'friendly' and reliable travel 'Companion', a well-finished and elegant publication, entirely worthy of the quality of the publisher and the series, as well as of the poet to whom it is dedicated.' Camillo Neri, Gnomon (in Italian)

    'Patrick Finglass and Adrian Kelly have mastered the task of presenting the entire knowledge of Sappho and her work in one monumental companion … The carefully edited book … will certainly be an important reference work that depicts current research trends.' Anton Bierl, Museum Helveticum (in German)

    '… indispensable for anyone who takes a professional interest in Greek, or Roman, poetry …' Mildred Faintly, http://96thofoctober.com/

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316638774
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.97kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction P. J. Finglass and Adrian Kelly
    Part I. Contexts:
    1. Sappho's lives Maarit Kivilo
    2. Sappho's Lesbos Rosalind Thomas
    3. Sappho and sexuality Melissa Mueller
    4. Sappho and epic Adrian Kelly
    5. Sappho and Alcaeus Wolfgang Rösler
    6. Sappho and archaic Greek song culture Deborah Steiner
    Part II. Poetics:
    7. Sappho and genre Leslie Kurke
    8. Performing Sappho Franco Ferrari
    9. Sappho's metres and music Luigi Battezzato
    10. Sappho's dialect Olga Tribulato
    11. Sappho's poetic language Vanessa Cazzato
    12. Sappho's personal poetry André Lardinois
    13. Sappho's lyric sensibility Alex Purves
    14. Myth in Sappho Ruth Scodel
    15. The gods in Sappho Laura Swift
    Part III. Transmission:
    16. The Alexandrian edition of Sappho Lucia Prauscello
    17. Sappho on the papyri P. J. Finglass
    18. Editions of Sappho since the Renaissance P. J. Finglass
    Part IV. Receptions:
    19. Sappho in fifth- and fourth-century Greek literature Lyndsay Coo
    20. Sappho and Hellenistic poetry Richard Hunter
    21. Sappho at Rome Llewelyn Morgan
    22. Sappho in imperial Greek literature Ewen Bowie
    23. Sappho at Byzantium Filippomaria Pontani
    24. Early modern Sapphos in France and England Stuart Gillespie
    25. Early modern and modern German, Italian, and Spanish Sapphos Cecilia Piantanida
    26. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Sapphos in France, England, and the United States Marguerite Johnson
    27. Sappho and modern Greece Dimitrios Kargiotis
    28. Sappho in the twentieth century and beyond: anglophone receptions Barbara Goff and Katherine Harloe
    29. Sappho in Australia and New Zealand Marguerite Johnson
    30. Sappho in Latin America Robert De Brose
    31. Sappho in Hebrew literature Adriana X. Jacobs
    32. Sappho in India Ruth Vanita
    33. Sappho in China and Japan Jingling Chen
    List of works cited
    Index of passages discussed
    Index of subjects
    Index of Greek.

  • Editors

    P. J. Finglass, University of Bristol
    P. J. Finglass is Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek and Head of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol, and Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. He has published an introductory book Sophocles (2019) in the series Greece and Rome New Surveys in the Classics, as well as editions of Sophocles' Oedipus the King (2018), Ajax (2011), and Electra (2007), of Stesichorus (2014), and of Pindar's Pythian Eleven (2007) in the series Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries; has co-edited (with Adrian Kelly) Stesichorus in Context (2015) and (with Lyndsay Coo) Female Characters in Fragmentary Greek Tragedy (2020); and edits the journal Classical Quarterly, all with Cambridge University Press.

    Adrian Kelly, University of Oxford
    Adrian Kelly is Tutorial Fellow in Ancient Greek Language and Literature at Balliol College, Oxford, and Associate Professor & Clarendon University Lecturer in Classics in the Faculty of Literae Humaniores at the University of Oxford. He is the author of A Referential Commentary and Lexicon to Homer, Iliad VIII (2007) and Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus (2009), and co-editor (with P. J. Finglass) of Stesichorus in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He is completing a Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics commentary on Homer, Iliad 23, and co-editing (with Christopher Metcalf) Gods and Mortals in Early Greek and Near Eastern Mythology and (with Henry Spelman) Text and Intertext in Archaic and Classical Greece, all for Cambridge University Press.

    Contributors

    P. J. Finglass, Adrian Kelly, Maarit Kivilo, Rosalind Thomas, Melissa Mueller, Wolfgang Rösler, Deborah Steiner, Leslie Kurke, Franco Ferrari, Luigi Battezzato, Olga Tribulato, Vanessa Cazzato, André Lardinois, Alex Purves, Ruth Scodel, Laura Swift, Lucia Prauscello, Lyndsay Coo, Richard Hunter, Llewelyn Morgan, Ewen Bowie, Filippomaria Pontani, Stuart Gillespie, Cecilia Piantanida, Marguerite Johnson, Dimitrios Kargiotis, Barbara Goff, Katherine Harloe, Robert De Brose, Adriana X. Jacobs, Ruth Vanita, Jingling Chen

    Awards

    • Winner, 2022 Choice Outstanding Academic Titles

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