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‘Sing, oh Muse, of the deeds of Bilitis, poetess, priestess and courtesan of Aphrodite…’ This new unabridged translation of the Songs of Bilitis, unlike the Alvah Bessie translation, includes all 150 of Pierre Louÿs’ poems. The Songs tell of the tragic love affairs and piety of a half-Greek, half-Phoenician courtesan and poet who was the contemporary of the famous Sappho of Lesbos, called the Tenth Muse by Plato. They sing of the natural beauty of Southern Anatolia, Lesbos and Cyprus. They speak of the follies of adolescence and the insanity of adult desires. They praise goddesses and courtesans, and reflect on idyllic joy and urban strife. This edition includes annotations explaining Greek terms related to everything from banal items, such as clothing and currency, to the world of the divine as understood by our Classical forbearers, so that even the reader with no knowledge of Ancient Greece can enjoy the poems. It also provides an insight into the life and education of the notorious Pierre Louÿs. This edition includes the illustrations of Willy Pogany, as well as images, both Classical and Postclassical, that help to illustrate terms and concepts found in the poem.

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