Friday, July 08, 2005


The New Sappho

William S. Annis presents the Greek text of the new poem by Sappho in a PDF file, with most of the words defined and parsed. Martin West's translation (without the Greek) is here. This is a beautiful, poignant poem about youth and old age.

The poem ends with a reference to the myth of Tithonus, who was granted eternal life, but not eternal youth. The following passages from Greek literature also tell the tale of Tithonus:

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