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
Volume63
Issue1
Pagination29-68
Abstract

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. [https://www.cambridge.org/core