Circle of Sappho by David Lassman download in ePub, pdf, iPad
Among her famous poetic forebears were Arion and Terpander. Sappho also shows a concern with moral values. We use this information to create a better experience for all users.
Herodotus, the oldest source of the story, reports that Charaxus ransomed Rhodopis for a large sum and that Sappho wrote a poem rebuking him for this. Like other poetry of her day, Sappho's was composed primarily for oral performance.
Performance and reliability cookies These cookies allow us to monitor OverDrive's performance and reliability. In that poem Sappho contemplates the inevitability of aging and mortality. Sappho's poetry also shows an interest in politics and philosophy. These elite poets tended to identify themselves with the worlds of Greek myths, gods, and heroes, as well as the wealthy East, especially Lydia. While two hundred fragments have been attributed to Sappho, only two complete poems and approximately forty fragments survive.
Erigyius, Larichus, and Charaxus. In her left hand, she holds a scroll with her name written on it. We can see in those fragments how Sappho's concern about social class is indicative of the ways in which her poetry in general champions aristocratic values. She is shown holding a lyre and plectrum, and turning to listen to Alcaeus.
Unfortunately, there is not enough conclusive evidence to determine the context in which Sappho's songs were sung. This is regarded as unhistorical by modern scholars, perhaps invented by the comic poets or originating from a misreading of a first-person reference in a non-biographical poem. The testimonia regarding Sappho do not contain references contemporary to Sappho. Winkler argues for two, one edited by Aristophanes of Byzantium and another by his pupil Aristarchus of Samothrace.
Her works began to become accessible again in the sixteenth century, first in early printed editions of authors who had quoted her. While she laments the difficulties and losses associated with growing old, she also reflects on aging in the context of more general ruminations on the relationship between permanence and change.
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