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Headword: *kori/nna
Adler number: kappa,2087
Translated headword: Korinna, Corinna
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Daughter] of Akheloiodoros and Prokratia; from Thebes or Tanagra; a pupil of Myrtis; she was nicknamed Muia ["Fly"]. Lyric poetess. She is said to have defeated Pindar [sc. in competition] five times. She wrote 5 books, both epigrams and lyric nomes.
Greek Original:
*kori/nna, *)axelw|odw/rou kai\ *prokrati/as, *qhbai/a h)\ *tanagrai/a, maqh/tria *mu/rtidos: e)pwno/masto de\ *mui=a: lurikh/. e)ni/khse de\ penta/kis w(s lo/gos *pi/ndaron. e)/graye bibli/a e#, kai\ e)pigra/mmata kai\ no/mous lurikou/s.
Notes:
See generally C. Carey in OCD(4) s.v. Corinna; and cf. kappa 2088, kappa 2089, mu 1361.
Corinna composed choral lyrics in a poetic dialect with Boeotian flavor, which appears accentuated by the Boeotian spelling of the papyrus fragments. The historicity of her encounters with Pindar (pi 1617) cannot be verified. No epigrams are extant.
See Perseus Encyclopedia entry at web address 1 and Diane Rayor's translation of fragments at web address 2.
References:
D.L. Page, Poetae Melici Graeci 326ff.
D.D. Campbell, Greek Lyric Poetry (1967) 103ff., 408ff.
C. Segal in Cambridge History of Classical Literature I.1, 198-200
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; poetry; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 17 January 2001@11:20:15.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented bibliography; cosmetics) on 31 August 2001@09:07:14.
Catharine Roth on 31 August 2001@12:01:30.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 11 March 2013@10:27:54.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 12 September 2013@00:00:19.
David Whitehead on 4 August 2014@07:21:45.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 11 August 2014@00:25:09.
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