More Sappho fragmentsPosted: February 12, 2023 Filed under: writing 2 Comments
[I] never met anyone more irritating, Eirana,
Stanley Lombardo of University of Kansas has that one as
having never found her more annoying
than you, Irana
of fine Lydian make, straps rainbow-dyed
covered her feet
says the footnote:
A scholiast (an ancient commentator who wrote notes in and around the main text) preserved this fragment in the margins of a manuscript of Aristophanes’ play Peace.
My favorite of all might be fragment 57
What farm girl has seduced you?
Draped in burlap,
she doesn’t even know to pull her rags
down over her ankles.
That line quotes by Antheneus, a second- to third-century BCE writer in his The Learned Banquet.
Diane J. Rayor and André Lardinois set that one as:
What countrywoman bewitches your mind…
wrapped in country dress…
too ignorant to cover her ankles with her rags?
The way the less complete bits lay out on the page:
That from an Oxyrhynchus papyrus.
Spooky! A call from the distant past. In their introduction Rayor and Landinois paint a picture of Sappho as something like a 600 BCE Lana Del Rey, gathering a circle around her on Lesbos (closer to Turkey than to Greece).
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