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New Poetry of Sappho

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This Friday the Classics Department at the University of Pittsburgh presents a lecture on the newly uncovered poetry of Sappho.

Sappho was an Ancient Greek Poetess from the Island of Lesbos, born circa 610B.C. she died in 570B.C. She was noted for her poems on marriage and women, and her odes to the goddesses. Much of her work has not survived. Recently discoveries have uncovered supposedly new works.

Pitt's very own Dr. Edwin Floyd will discuss the possible authenticity of these new works.

Every few years, important new material concerning Greek lyric poetry comes to light. The most recent is the announcement of some potentially extremely important new fragments of Sappho's poetic oeuvre. Unfortunately, there are also many questions associated with this; cf. Adrian Murdoch's blog, "Bread & Circuses", at this site.

The original posting of the new article was, however, still available (as of Feb. 4) here. *Scoll down the webpage, which is in French for the English text. (That site, dealing with literature "littérature" indeed uses the spelling "actualitte".)

Muddying the waters, beyond the mere question of possible forgery, is another point that seems not to have been mentioned (as of Feb. 4) in online discussion of the newly circulated poem concerning Sappho's brother Charaxos. This is the fact that the poem contains some fairly straightforward (and potentially very important) Indo-European poetic patterning, paralleling what is found in Sappho, fr. 58, published in 2005.

The lecture will be Tuesday, February 18th, Tuesday, at the Cathedral of Learning Room 337, 4:00PM.



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