Classics@14: Sigurðsson

The Oral Background of the Eddas and Sagas Gísli Sigurðsson, The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, University of Iceland More than fifty years after the publication of The Singer of Tales the book and the ideas therein still serve as a fresh wind in the textually-oriented field of Old… Read more

Classics@16: Miller

A Comparison of Themes in Sappho and Egyptian Love Lyric: A Preliminary Investigation Justin S. Miller Introduction The purpose of this paper is to give a first attempt at exploring the connections of Sappho with Egyptian love poetry. The reasons for this are that there seems to be a similarity… Read more

Classics@16: Segers

The Apple in Longus’ Lesvos: Sapphic Imagery in the Poetic Space of Daphnis and Chloe Hannelore Segers Introduction Sapphic imagery is abundant in the novel Daphnis and Chloe written by Longus in the second century CE. When Gregory of Corinth refers to the following images used by Sappho and Anacreon,… Read more

Classics@16: Johnston

Sappho, Cleon and Eros in Aristophanes’ Knights Paul Johnston About halfway through Aristophanes’ Knights, the play’s two main characters, the Paphlagonian and the Sausage-seller, call out to Demos, who emerges from his door: [1]           ΔΗΜΟΣ τίνες οἱ βοῶντες; οὐκ ἄπιτ᾽ ἀπὸ τῆς θύρας;           τὴν… Read more

Classics@16: Engelmayer

A Lyric Aristeia and a Lover’s Rout: Gender and Genre in Sappho 31 Caroline Engelmayer Glory in ancient Greek epic was often reserved for two groups: warriors who earned their kleos through heroic feats on the battlefield and bards who increased their own renown by recounting fighters’ daring exploits. Warriors… Read more

Classics@16: Cottrell

Competition, Mutuality, and Ambiguity: Women’s Erotics in Sappho Song 1 and 94 Katherine Cottrell Anne Carson and Ellen Greene offer disparate theories of the erotics at work in Sappho’s surviving corpus. Carson maintains that Sappho’s erotics are in line with those of the dominant culture that frames lovers and beloveds… Read more

Classics@16: Cochran

A Neoplatonic, Christian Sappho: Reading Synesius’ Ninth Hymn Christopher Cochran As Wilamowitz set out to write about the hymns of the late antique neoplatonic philosophers Proclus and Synesius of Cyrene, he began by remarking on why the texts may have been overlooked in scholarship, “High poetics especially, or even simple… Read more

Classics@16: Boylan

The Morphology of Epiphany in Song 1 of Sappho Talia Boylan Introduction The epiphany of the goddess Aphrodite in Song 1 of Sappho may seem, from a modern perspective, paradoxical. On the one hand, if one considers epiphany to mean simply the appearance of a divinity, it is not difficult… Read more

Classics@16: Introduction

Classics@16: Seven Essays on Sappho Edited by Paul G. Johnston These seven papers are the product of a graduate seminar led by Gregory Nagy at Harvard in the fall of 2016, entitled ‘Sappho and her Songmaking’. The scope of the seminar was wide-ranging, encompassing philological, linguistic, historical, anthropological, comparative, and… Read more

Classics@14: Reynolds

Composition in Performance Arab Style Dwight F. Reynolds, University of California, Santa Barbara For researchers who conduct ethnographic fieldwork on oral traditions, one of the most exciting aspects of The Singer of Tales is Albert Lord’s accounts of experimentation in the field, the various ways in which he and Milman… Read more