Lecture Notes for Oct 1, 2008
- University of Wisconsin - Madison
- Classics 376
- Lecture Notes for Oct 1, 2008
Last Modified: 2011-07-03
- poets were honored
- gold cups
- what did they have?
- finishing school?
- very easy for things to get lost
- because of Xtianity
- can't threaten men
- can't be normal
- they inspired but didn’t actually do it
- denies her individuality
- restricts her to the company of women
- "bitter sweet"
- she invents this word
- sweet side is usually in a garden
- poem 6
- gold is also immortal
- not quite as extreme as Athens
- bypassing male literary authority
- music, music history, painting, etc…
- people say she has a husband but her poetry is homoerotic
- we are all the same
- between 5th and 9th C, a lot of ancient poetry began to disappear
- off coast of Turkey
- Asia Minor thought to be luxurious and self-indulgent
- dialect influenced by Turkey
- where should we put her?
- what was that like for a man?
- a lot of men wrote about gardens
- full of flowers, private space, sacred (worshipping Aphro)
- erotic potential
- rhetorical purpose is an invitation
- Aphro being asked to pour nectar
- still talking about a beloved
- S doesn’t look at it that way
- the opposite of that would be thinking, feeling
- she's writing only 100 years after the beginning
- did she write her poetry down?
- most likely composed for oral performance
- commissioned? for friends?
- has to be persuaded to come
- hard to separate fact from fiction
- hard to tell what ages she talks about
- Sappho doesn’t try to be a male voice
- she's marginalized
- men go for action
- there were 9 of them
- inspired people
- it would be a good thing that she was called this
- at the same time she hasn't earned her skills by honest hard work
- men have no role
- they can't silence her, tell her what to write
- to our mind, lyric is feeling
- epic would be action
- basic facts are challenged by her poetry
- mistranslations over time
- woman who writes poetry or a poet who happens to be a woman?
- fictions about her already arose during her time
- the alphabet was written 750-700
- her society wasn't like Athens
- her poetry survived until Byzantine
- poetry 's primary topic was personal relations
- persona= assumed voice
- she was preserved b/c she was performed again and again at the symposia
- someone named Plato called her a muse
- also some anxiety about her
- we can look at her as Sappho as female poet, or Sappho as poet
- female poets have to find a poetic voice of her own
- invents female audience and female erotic subject
- • women didn't have a symposium
- • glukupikros
- men regarded love as a dangerous obsession
- locus amoenus= " lovely place"
- particularly among elite females
- battle over her sexuality
- usually, slave pour wine at symposia
- hierarchies disappear
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