Sappho's Gift: The Poet and Her Community examines the fragmentary evidence regarding the poems, largely drawn from papyri. It also considers the iconographical representations of Sappho, the types of poems and their occasions, her audience, and her literary and cultural milieu. Greek text and translations are provided for the major poems, together with brief critical apparatus.
Franco Ferrari weighs information from many ancient sources regarding Sappho's circle, island life both political and personal, the poet's immediate family, her contemporary Alcaeus, and the kind of life that well-to-do girls and women might expect. Surprising insights in all these areas and more result from the author's sophisticated judgment of scraps of information across many centuries. The Sappho Franco Ferrari reveals to us is three-dimensional, a poet and writer, a lover of song and dance and parties, and a vibrant woman always considering the happiness and growth of the young women around her.
Benjamin AcostauHughes is Professor of Greek and Latin at the Ohio State University. His publications include Polyeideia:The Iambi of Callimachus and the Archaic Iambic Tradition (Berkeley 2002) and Arlon's Lyre: Archaic Lyric into Hellenistic Poetry (Princeton 2009). He is coauthor, with Susan Stephens, of Callimachus in Context: from Plato to Ovid (Cambridge, forthcoming).
Lucia Prauscello is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity Hall. She is the author of Singing Alexandria: Music between Practice and Textual Transmission (Leiden 2006). She has variously published on archaic and Hellenistic poetry, drama, novel, performance criticism, and the sociology of ancient music.