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Sappho Paperback – March 1, 2008
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Thomas McEvilley is a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he heads the department of Art Criticism and Writing. Previously, he taught at Rice University in Houston, Texas. McEvilley holds a Ph.D. in classical philology. In addition to Greek and Latin, he has studied Sanskrit and has taught numerous courses on Greek and Indian culture, history of religion and philosophy, and art. He has published countless scholarly monographs and articles on early Greek poetry, philosophy, and religion, including the monumental study, The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies (2002).
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The contents of this book are divided among three parts.
Part One; are filled with the critical interpretations for about ninety poems = fragments of Sappho. All of the poems are shown in Greek with the moderate English translations by author's own. (but not a 'Poetry'). The author presents the comprehensive -maybe like an excess- and penetrating studies as to each of the poems. In his studies, it is symbolized to express profoundly the substance of Sappho that the author has placed her poem Fr.2 at the very beginning.
Part Two; has titled, "The Garden of the Graces: The Survival of Bronze Age Religious Motifs into the Modern Lyric Poem".
This part is the core in this book. The author argues deeply the essence of Sappho. It is remarkable.
Part Three; has subtitled, "Recent Explorations in Sapphic Studies". The author has summarized precisely about main recent its studies. It is a good thing for the keeping which as the important records that from the many recent scholars 'who have said what' for Sappho. Furthermore, we can find again the author's thoughts, clearly.
Undoubtedly, this book is the finest treatise about Sappho.