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Headword: Ἤριννα
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:
Ἤριννα, Τεί̈α ἢ Λεσβία, ὡς δὲ ἄλλοι Τηλία: Τῆλος δέ ἐστι νησίδιον ἐγγὺς Κνίδου: τινὲς δὲ καὶ Ῥοδίαν αὐτὴν ἐδόξασαν. ἦν δὲ ἐποποιός. ἔγραψεν Ἠλακάτην: ποίημά δ' ἐστιν Αἰολικῇ καὶ Δωρίδι διαλέκτῳ, ἐπῶν τ#. ἐποίησε δὲ ἐπιγράμματα. τελευτᾷ παρθένος ἐννεακαιδεκέτις. οἱ δὲ στίχοι αὐτῆς ἐκρίθησαν ἶσοι Ὁμήρῳ. ἦν δὲ ἑταίρα Σαπφοῦς καὶ ὁμόχρονος.
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 translations at web addresses 1 & 2.
[3] Erinna probably lived in the 4th century BCE, not at Sappho's time.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
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.


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