Notice regarding provenance: Postscript (June 1, 2020): In the past years, following the first publication of this book, serious doubts have been raised about the reported provenance of the papyri discussed in this book, especially in Chapter 2: See M. Sampson, "Deconstructing the Provenances of P.Sapph.Obbink," in
Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 57 (2020, forthcoming). These questions about the provenance do not affect the authenticity of the fragments themselves – they appear to be authentic. We as the editors of this volume will continue to monitor the developments around these papyri and we will, in consultation with the publisher, update this postscript or take further measures when necessary, on the basis of new scholarly evidence.
The Newest Sappho Anton Bierl and André Lardinois have edited 21 papers of world-renowned Sappho scholars dealing with the new papyrus fragments of Sappho that were published in 2014. This set of papyrus fragments, the greatest find of Sappho fragments since the beginning of the 20th century, provides significant new readings and additions to five previously known songs of Sappho (frs. 5, 9, 16, 17 and 18), as well as the remains of four previously unknown songs, including the new Brothers Song and the Kypris Song. The contributors discuss the content of these poems as well as the consequence they have for our understanding of Sappho’s life and work.
Anton Bierl, Ph.D. (1990), University of Munich, is Professor of Greek Language and Literature at the University of Basel. He has published widely on archaic and classical Greek literature, especially Homeric epic, archaic lyric, song and performance culture, and drama.
André Lardinois, Ph.D. (1995), Princeton University, is Professor of Greek Language and Literature at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His main fields of interest are archaic Greek poetry and classical drama. He has published extensively on Sappho.
Contributors to this volume are Anton Bierl, Deborah Boedeker, Sandra Boehringer, Ewen Bowie, Stefano Caciagli, Claude Calame, Leslie Kurke , André Lardinois, Joel B. Lidov, Richard P. Martin, Llewelyn Morgan, Gregory Nagy, Dirk Obbink, Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi, Kurt A. Raaflaub, Diane Rayor , Renate Schlesier, and Eva Stehle.
"The turnaround from initial publication of the fragments to the present volume going to press in September 2015—barely eighteen months—is an impressive feat for which the editors are to be congratulated. (...) this is a useful, thought-provoking, and important contribution to the study of Sappho. Every paper has something of value to offer, and many will retain a place of importance in the bibliography for years to come." Alexander Dale, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2017.08.32
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