Spring 2016

The New “Brothers Poem” by Sappho

Rachel C. Hadas

The “Brothers Poem” was one of two textual fragments by the poet Sappho recently discovered on a papyrus. The poem—which may be a sister’s prayer for the safe return of one brother, a merchant sailor, and the growth to maturity of another brother—is here translated into English by Rachel Hadas.

RACHEL HADAS, a Fellow of the American Academy since 1995, is Board of Governors Professor of English at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey–Newark.

This translation, reprinted with permission of the Times Literary Supplement, was first published in the May 2, 2014, issue of the Times Literary Supplement.

For a brief discussion of the “Brothers Poem” by Sappho, see the introduction to this issue, page 17, endnote 13.

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