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Headword: *)/hrinna
Adler number: eta,521
Translated headword: Erinna
Vetting Status: high
Teian[1] or Lesbian, but as others say Telian (Telos is a small island near Knidos); but some also have thought that she was a Rhodian. She was an epic poet. She wrote The Distaff: it is a poem in Aeolic and Doric dialect, of 300 verses. She also made epigrams. She died a virgin 19 years old.[2] Her verses were judged equal to Homer. She was a companion and contemporary of Sappho.[3]
Greek Original:
*)/hrinna, *tei/+a h)\ *lesbi/a, w(s de\ a)/lloi *thli/a: *th=los de/ e)sti nhsi/dion e)ggu\s *kni/dou: tine\s de\ kai\ *(rodi/an au)th\n e)do/casan. h)=n de\ e)popoio/s. e)/grayen *)hlaka/thn: poi/hma/ d' e)stin *ai)olikh=| kai\ *dwri/di diale/ktw|, e)pw=n t#. e)poi/hse de\ e)pigra/mmata. teleuta=| parqe/nos e)nneakaideke/tis. oi( de\ sti/xoi au)th=s e)kri/qhsan i)=soi *(omh/rw|. h)=n de\ e(tai/ra *sapfou=s kai\ o(mo/xronos.
OCD(4) s.v.
[1] Perhaps (Bernhardy) an error for Tenian; Steph.Byz. s.v. Tenos certainly believed that Erinna came from there.
[2] Probably an inference from her poems; see translation at web address 1.
[3] Erinna probably lived in the 4th century BCE, not at Sappho's time.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; chronology; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; gender and sexuality; geography; poetry; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 1 February 2001@01:36:53.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords) on 28 May 2001@08:06:24.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 29 June 2007@09:16:42.
David Whitehead on 19 December 2012@07:13:27.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 August 2014@06:15:04.
Catharine Roth (updated link) on 4 January 2020@22:37:52.
Catharine Roth (modified link) on 25 October 2021@01:06:24.


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