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The European Journal of Literature and Linguistics, Issue 1-2/2020

ASPECTS OF APHRODITE IN SAPPHO’S FR. 2

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29013/EJLL-20-1.2-24-29

Pages: 24 - 29

Authors: Griva A.

Abstract: Abstract. In this article the Sapphic fragment 2 (Lobel-Page 2/ Voigt 2) is considered under investigation. In this fragment the poetess is addressed to Venus, invoking her to appear in front of a group of her adorers. Through this poem various views of the goddess are detected, which are not directly visible in a general reading, such as her relation to the regenerative powers of the nature (Aphrodite Antheia), as well as to the death. It is also attempted an interpretation of the elements mentioned by the poetess in the frame of the ceremony (apples, roses, leaves, nectar), as well as the meaning of the presentation of the goddess as cupbearer in the end of the fragment, with a parallel reading of the Sapphic fragment 141 (Lobel-Page 141). In this frame the Sapphic poetry is illuminated through the ceremonial nature of the archaic period and its extensions to the religious and spiritual level.

Keywords: Keywords: Sapphic fragment 2 (Lobel-Page 2/ Voigt 2), Aphrodite Antheia, archaic Greek ceremonies, Sapphic fragment 141 (Lobel-Page 141), symbols of Aphrodite.

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