Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Women Supporting Women: Nossis' Trip to the Temple, Greek Anthology IX.332.1-3

In this poem, the Greek poet Nossis advertises the accomplishments of Polyarchis, a woman who was wealthy enough to purchase a gilded statue of Aphrodite to her local temple.


Ingressae templum spectemus Veneris

signum, ut auro fabrefactum exstat.

Statuit hoc Polyarchis...

Ἐλθοῖσαι ποτὶ ναὸν ἰδώμεθα τᾶς Ἀφροδίτας

τὸ βρέτας, ὡς χρυσῷ διαδαλόεν τελέθει.

εἵσατό μιν Πολυαρχίς, ...

--Nossis, Greek Anthology 9.332.1-3; Translated into Latin by Hugo Grotius  (1872)

Let’s go to the Temple of Aphrodite

And see her golden statue there.

Polyarchis provided it...



Name:  Nossis

Date:  3rd c. BCE

Works:  [fragments]



Region 1: Peninsular Italy; Region 2: Western Europe; Region 3: Western Coast of Africa; Region 4: Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean; Region 5: Greece and the Balkans



 Nossis was considered among the famous nine women poets of ancient Greek literature. She lived in Locris (southern Italy) during the 3rd century. Several of her poems are preserved in the Greek Anthology; like that of her literary predecessor Sappho, Nossis’ poetry provides great insight into the lives of women in the ancient world.


ARCHAIC: (through 6th c. BCE); GOLDEN AGE: (5th - 4th c. BCE); HELLENISTIC: (4th c. BCE - 1st c. BCE); ROMAN: (1st c. BCE - 4th c. CE); POST CONSTANTINOPLE: (4th c. CE - 8th c. CE); BYZANTINE: (post 8th c CE)

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