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The Tenth Muse: Resonances of Sappho in Greek and Latin Poetry

Painting of a woman with a lyre
Nickolaos Gyzis, Sappho playing the lyre, 19th century, Private collection.

Five speakers will reflect on how Sappho’s voice – her style, language, and tone of her lyrics, as well as their distinctive thematics and affect – manifest in works by later poets. Of particular interest is the influence of Sappho’s lyrics and the charismatic construction of her literary persona in Greco-Roman antiquity, particularly in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Amherst Room – Tenth Floor of the UMass Amherst Campus Center, 3:00 – 6:30pm, with a reception to follow. Please RSVP using the form below. Campus Map »

Sponsored by the UMass College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the Department of Classics

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Melissa Mueller, UMass Amherst:
Sappho’s Muse, Sappho as Muse

Leanna Boychenko, Loyola University Chicago:
Mascula Sappho / Femineus Theocritus: An Iambic Connection in the Newest Sappho and Idyll 7

Lauren Curtis, Bard College:
The Musical Mistress: Sappho in Early Augustan Lyric and Elegy

Laurel Fulkerson, Florida State University:
Lucretius and the Poetics of Sapphic Voluptas

Teresa Ramsby, UMass Amherst:
Beyond Heroides 15: Sapphic Resonances in Ovid's oeuvre