The woman and the lyre : women writers in classical Greece and Rome /

Main Author: Snyder, Jane McIntosh.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Carbondale ; Edwardsville : Southern Illinois University Press, c1989.
Series: Ad feminam
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A survey and discussion of writers from the seventh century BCE to the fourth century CE. Probably Sappho alone will be known to most readers, and her literary remains include only one complete poem. The rest is fragmentary, like that of all the other wirters represented in this volume. Thus, the discussion of this tradition not only encompasses a vast historical span, but requires a significant degree of both historical and literary reconstruction. Snyder is more than equal to the task, and the result is a volume that is informative, entertaining, and impressive for its command of the scholarly literature. The author succeeds in making available in a pleasing and accessible style a group of writers otherwise "hidden from history." Not all scholars will be convinced that the state of the evidence permits such a coherent reconstruction of a female tradition as Snyder maintains, but her argument is certainly plausible. Specialists in the field will want to take this work seriously. General readers will be much enriched by it. Recommended for all reader levels. -M. B. Arthur, Wesleyan University

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