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Roman Receptions of Sappho

Thea S. Thorsen and Stephen Harrison


Sappho, a towering figure in Western culture, is an exemplary case in the history of classical receptions. There are three prominent reasons for this. Firstly, Sappho is associated with some of the earliest poetry in the classical tradition, which makes her reception history one of the longest we know of. Furthermore, Sappho’s poetry promotes ideologically challenging concepts such as female authority and homoeroticism, which have prompted very conspicuous interpretative strategies to deal with issues of gender and sexuality, revealing the values of the societies that have received her works t ... More

Keywords: Sappho, fragments, Roman literature, reception, poetics, love, gender, textual transmission

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198829430
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198829430.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thea S. Thorsen, editor
Associate Professor of Classics, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Stephen Harrison, editor
Professor of Latin Literature, University of Oxford