A woman's right is a goddess's right? The meaning and function of the image of helen in the poetry of sappho (in light of recent papyrology's discoveries)

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Abstract

The image of the Helen in Sapph. Fr. 16 (Neri-Cinti) is analyzed in detail on the basis of the new papyrus fragments which were published by Dirk Obbink (Obbink 2016a). According to the results of the comparative analysis, it is concluded that the form of the aoristic active participle from the verb, which is used in Sapph. Fr. 16, refers not only to the vocabulary of Homer, but also to the vocabulary of legal documents (cf. Hom. Il. XV, 653-654; Hellanic., Fr. 31, 50 Jacoby; IG XII(2), No58, 8-9 etc.). Thus, we confirm a special significance of the Sapph. Fr. 16, which is a "program" song of Sappho's thiasos (cf. Bierl 2003).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-206
Number of pages23
JournalSchole
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Helen at Alcaeus's poetry
  • Image of the Helen in Sapph. 16
  • The cult of Helen at Sappho
  • the cult of Helen at Sappho
  • image of the Helen in Sapph. 16

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