Lost Sappho love poem published after 2,600 years

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Lost Sappho love poem published after 2,600 years

Postby Quintus Aurelius Orcus on Sat Jun 25, 2005 9:18 am

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LONDON (Reuters) - A love poem written 2,600 years ago by Sappho, the greatest female poet of ancient Greece, was published on Friday for the first time since it was rediscovered last year.

Sappho's verses expressing love for her female companions on the Greek island of Lesbos have either shocked or delighted generations of readers ever since they were first composed.

The rest of the article can be found here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050624/en_ ... _sappho_dc

It's great to hear that they have found other poems of Sappho and are publicizing it.

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Postby Quintus Pomponius Atticus on Sat Jun 25, 2005 12:37 pm

Here it is, from the original article in the Times Literary Supplement :

"[You for] the fragrant-blossomed Muses’ lovely gifts
[be zealous,] girls, [and the] clear melodious lyre:

[but my once tender] body old age now
[has seized;] my hair’s turned [white] instead of dark;

my heart’s grown heavy, my knees will not support me,
that once on a time were fleet for the dance as fawns.

This state I oft bemoan; but what’s to do?
Not to grow old, being human, there’s no way.

Tithonus once, the tale was, rose-armed Dawn,
love-smitten, carried off to the world’s end,

handsome and young then, yet in time grey age
o’ertook him, husband of immortal wife."
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Postby Q Valerius on Sun Jun 26, 2005 1:09 pm

Does anyone know where I can find the Greek?
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Postby Quintus Pomponius Atticus on Sun Jun 26, 2005 1:17 pm

Q. Valerius Scerio wrote:Does anyone know where I can find the Greek?


In the printed version of the Times Literary Supplement.

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Postby Q Valerius on Fri Jul 01, 2005 1:20 am

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