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A. Life and work

The Greek lyric poet S. (c. 600 BC) figures in her reception not only as a poet (in the sense of a producer of poetry), but also as an outstanding poetic personality. Not least by reason of the dismal state of transmission of early Greek lyric in general and S. in particular – at least for much of the 2,600 or so years that separate her from us – she was long received less for her actual poems than for the supposed events of …

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Bagordo, Andreas, “Sappho”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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