Monday, August 11, 2014


I added the Greek text, translation and notes on Sappho's Fragment 81.  Of the 7 lines of poetry that are apparent in what survives only 4 are legible, but the first two offer a wonderful description of a woman weaving flowers into her hair.  The woman's name is Dika (meaning 'Justice' in Greek) and that suggests to me the poem may have been allegorical, with a meaning of possibly cosmological significance.

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