Getting Ready to Pray: Sappho's New "Brother's" Song

TitleGetting Ready to Pray: Sappho's New "Brother's" Song
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsGribble, D
Ancient AuthorsSappho Lyr. (TLG 0009)
JournalGreece and Rome

With the recent publication of the new Sappho song by Dirk Obbink, we now have two largely preserved songs by Sappho apparently dealing with prayers for a brother away at sea. Both are examples of a type of song relating not to eros, marriage, or hymns to gods, but to bonds of love and duty between women and their male family; songs whose primary emotional focus is not other women, but male relatives absent from home. []


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