The New Sappho on Old Age: Textual and Philosophical Issues

  Greene, Ellen, and Marilyn B. Skinner, eds. 2009. The New Sappho on Old Age: Textual and Philosophical Issues. Hellenic Studies Series 38. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies.

About the Contributors

DEBORAH BOEDEKER, Professor of Classics at Brown University, works mainly on archaic and classical Greek poetry, historiography, and religion. Her publications include Aphrodite’s Entry into Greek Epic; Descent from Heaven: Images of Dew in Greek Poetry and Religion; and essays on Herodotus, lyric poetry, Athenian religion, Simonides, tragedy, and traditions about the Persian Wars. She has edited and co-edited a number of volumes, including Herodotus and the Invention of History; Democracy, Empire, and the Arts in Fifth-Century Athens; and The New Simonides: Contexts of Praise and Desire. Currently she is working on poetic and prosaic commemorations of the past, and the textualization of early Greek poetry.

DEE L. CLAYMAN is Professor of Classics and Executive Officer of the PhD Program in Classics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics and the Director of the Database of Classical Bibliography. She has published widely on Greek poetry, especially the work of Callimachus and his contemporaries in the Hellenistic age.

LOWELL EDMUNDS is Professor of Classics Emeritus at Rutgers University. His recent publications include Oedipus (Routledge, 2006) and “Helen’s Divine Origins,” Electronic Antiquity 10.2 (2007) 1-45. His “Deixis in Ancient Greek and Latin Literature: Historical Introduction and State of the Question” is forthcoming in the first number of Philologia Antiqua.

ELLEN GREENE is the Joseph Paxton Presidential Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley in 1992. Her research specialization is Greek and Roman lyric poetry, with an emphasis on issues in gender and sexuality. Her published books include: The Erotics of Domination: Male Desire and the Mistress in Latin Poetry (1999), Reading Sappho: Contemporary Approaches (1997), Re-Reading Sappho: Reception and Transmission (1997), Women Poets in Ancient Greece and Rome (2005), and Gendered Dynamics in Latin Love Poetry (with Ronnie Ancona) (2005). Greene has also published numerous articles on Greek and Latin love lyric. She is currently working on a book-length study of Sappho for Blackwell.

JÜRGEN HAMMERSTAEDT has held the Chair of Classics and Papyrology at Cologne University since 2004 and there directs the research unit for papyrology, epigraphy and numismatics of the Northrhine-Westfalian Academy. Previously he worked for several years at Naples on the Herculaneum Papyri, at Bonn University at the Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum, and at Jena University, where he held the Chair of Greek. His main interests are ancient philosophical literature of the Hellenistic and Imperial periods and ancient literary and Christian papyri. He also takes part in the epigraphic and archaeological survey at Oinoanda, Turkey, which explores the largest inscription of antiquity, containing Epicurean texts.

MARGUERITE JOHNSON is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is the author of several articles on Latin poetry, co-author of Sexuality in Greek and Roman Society and Literature (Routledge); and author of Sappho for the Duckworth Ancients in Action series.

ANDRÉ P.M.H. LARDINOIS (PhD Princeton 1995) is professor of Greek Language and Culture at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. His main interests center on Greek lyric poetry and Greek drama. He has written various articles on Sappho and other Greek poetry. He is the author, together with T.C. Oudemans, of Tragic Ambiguity: Anthropology, Philosophy and Sophocles’ Antigone (Leiden 1987), and the co-editor of Making Silence Speak: Women’s Voices in Greek Literature and Society (Princeton 2001) and Solon of Athens: New Historical and Philological Approaches (Leiden 2005).

JOEL LIDOV (PhD Columbia University) is a professor of Classics at Queens College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has written articles and reviews on Greek meter, Pindar, and Sappho, and is completing a book on metrical theory and form in Greek lyric.

GREGORY NAGY is the author of The Best of the Achaeans: Concepts of the Hero in Archaic Greek Poetry (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979; 2nd ed., with new Introduction, 1999). Other publications include Plato’s Rhapsody and Homer’s Music: The Poetics of the Panathenaic Festival in Classical Athens (Cambridge: Harvard University Press 2002). He co-edited with Stephen A. Mitchell the second 40th anniversary edition of Albert Lord, The Singer of Tales (Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature vol. 24; Harvard University Press, 2000), co-authoring with Mitchell the new Introduction, pp. vii-xxix. Since 2000, he has been the Director of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC, while continuing to teach at the Harvard campus in Cambridge as the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature.

DIRK OBBINK is Lecturer and Fellow of Christ Church College, Oxford University. He is the Editor of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri and is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He specializes in Greek literature and papyrology. His publications include Philodemus on Piety Part I: Critical Text with Commentary (Oxford 1996), “Anoubion, Elegiacs” in The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, Vol. 66 (ed. N. Gonis et al., nos. 4503-7), Egypt Exploration Society (London 1999), and Matrices of Genre: Authors, Canons and Society [with M. Depew] (Cambridge, MA 2000).

MARILYN B. SKINNER is Professor of Classics at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She received her PhD from Stanford University in 1977. Before taking up her present post in 1991, she held faculty positions at Reed College, the University of California at Los Angeles, and Northern Illinois University and visiting appointments at the University of Texas in Austin and Colgate University. Her primary research specialization is Roman literature of the Republican and Augustan eras. She has authored two monographs, Catullus’ Passer: The Arrangement of the Book of Polymetric Poems (1981) and Catullus in Verona (2003), and has co-edited two collections of scholarly essays, Vergil, Philodemus, and the Augustans (2004) and the Blackwell Companion to Catullus (2007). Skinner is well known for her work on sexuality and gender in antiquity, as both co-editor of Roman Sexualities (1997) and author of Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture (2005). Lastly, she has also published numerous articles on the Greek female poetic tradition, dealing with Sappho and her successors Korinna, Erinna, Anyte, Moero, and Nossis.

EVA STEHLE teaches at the University of Maryland. Her major interests are Greek poetry and performance, ancient women, and Greek religion, and especially the intersections among these. Her 1997 book Performance and Gender in Ancient Greece is on gender images in poetry as a form of self-positioning for performers. She is finishing a book on women’s religious ritual in classical Greece.