Posts Tagged by Epic
|August 31, 2016||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, Sappho|
2016.08.31 | By Gregory Nagy
This song, attributed to Sappho, shows the same kind of formulaic structure that we see at work in the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey. Such a structure, in the case of Homeric poetry, indicates that this poetry originated from oral traditions. So also in the case of the songmaking exemplified by Song 44 of Sappho, the formulaic structure of this song indicates a parallel origin from oral traditions.
|March 6, 2015||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, H24H||
In the Homeric Iliad, Andromache is shown in the act of singing three songs of lamentation. Each one of these songs, as “quoted” by the narrative of Homeric poetry, can be considered a masterpiece of lament. You will find these three songs at: (1) Iliad 6.407–439 (2) Iliad 22.477–514 (3) Iliad 24.725–745 In my book The Ancient Greek Hero […]
|February 27, 2015||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, H24H|
§1. In H24H, Hour 4§15–20, I analyze Song 44 of Sappho, which narrates a scene that has no parallel in the Homeric Iliad. This scene centers on the wedding of Hector and Andromache. At H24H 4§20, I formulate this “take-away” from that analysis: “Song 44 of Sappho is an example of epic as refracted in women’s songmaking […]