Friday, April 15, 2022

Porphyrio on Sappho, In Hor. Ep. 1.19.28

"mascula" autem "Saffo” vel quia in poetico studio est [incluta], in quo saepius viri, vel quia tribas diffamatur fuisse.

--Porphyrio in Hor. Epist. 1.19.28


Sappho is called “manly” because either a) she’s famous for her poetry, something that men are more likely to do, or b) because she is known to be a lesbian (tribas).



Name:  Pomponius Porphyrion

Date:  2nd century CE

Works:  Commentarii in Horatium Flaccum



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



 Little is known about Porphyrio, but it is suspected that he lived during the 2nd century CE. The only work of this author that is still extant is his commentaries on the poetry of the Roman poet Horace.


Early Roman Lit: through 2nd c BCE: Republican Rome: through 1st c. BCE; Golden Age: 70 BCE to 18 CE; Silver Age: 18 CE to 150 CE; Age of Conflict: 150 CE - 410 CE; Byzantine and Late Latin: after 410 CE

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