Thea Selliaas Thorsen (NTNU)

Thea Selliaas Thorsen: Dating Corinna after Lobel, Page and West.

Before the twentieth century, Corinna was known as ‘divine’  and depicted as superior over Pindar (c. 518-438 BCE), both in poetic expertise and poetic contest(s). The sources that attest to this tradition include Plutarch (De glor. Ath. 4.347f–348a), Pausanias (22.2-4),  Aelian VH (13.25),  Vita Pindari Metrica (9-11), Suda (K 2087) and more. Yet, after the editio princeps of the newly discovered fragments of Corinna in the Berlin Papyrus (1907), Lobel (1930), Page (1953) and West (1970, 1982, 1990, 1996) questioned the traditional date of Corinna, and hence her potential superiority over Pindar, with lasting impact on subsequent scholarship. This paper follows some traces in this reception history of Corinna, while trying to strike some new approaches to her poetic legacy.

Statue of Corinna, Musée de Compiègne.

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Tor Ivar Østmoe
Published Jan. 17, 2022 7:23 PM - Last modified Feb. 23, 2022 9:36 AM