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"In this expanded edition of his distinguished Sappho: Poems and Fragments (2002), Stanley Lombardo offers over 100 fragments not included in the original edition, as well as the new poems discovered in 2004 and 2014. His translation of this latter material yields fresh insights into Sappho’s representations of old age, two of her brothers, and her special relationship with Aphrodite.
"Pamela Gordon’s engaging, balanced, and informative Introduction has been revised to incorporate discussion of the new fragments, which subtly alter our previous understanding of the archaic poet’s corpus.
"Complete Poems and Fragments also offers a useful updated bibliography, as well as a section on ‘Elegiac Sappho’ that presents the reception of the Lesbian poet in later Greek and Latin elegiac poems. A wonderful find for any Greekless reader searching for a complete and up-to-date Sappho."
—Patricia A. Rosenmeyer, Department of Classics, University of Wisconsin–Madison
"Very good indeed to have a complete and up-to-date Sappho for the non-specialist reader, and especially one with such an intelligent and helpful Introduction to the poet herself."
—Jenny March, in The Reading Room, classicsforall.org.uk
From reviews of Sappho: Poems and Fragments (2002):
"I have long been an admirer of Stanley Lombardo’s translations of Homer, and I was curious to see how he would adapt his fast-paced, lively style to Sappho. He has succeeded admirably. His translation is clear, energetic, and close to the Greek. Pamela Gordon’s Introduction gives a lucid and useful guide for the non-specialist to the last fifty years of scholarly debate on Sappho. This edition will be particularly useful for instructors of courses in translation seeking an introduction to Sappho for the Greekless student. It is also a pleasure to read."
—Laurel Bowman, The Classical Bulletin
About the Authors:
Stanley Lombardo is Professor Emeritus of Classics, The University of Kansas. His previous translations include Hesiod's Works & Days and Theogony (1993), and Homer's Iliad (1997) and Odyssey (2000), all published by Hackett.
Pamela Gordon is Professor of Classics, The University of Kansas.