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Searching for Sappho: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet
Searching for Sappho: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet | Philip Freeman
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An exploration of the fascinating poetry, life, and world of Sappho, including a complete translation of all her poems. For more than twenty-five centuries, all that the world knew of the poems of Sappho—the first woman writer in literary history—were a few brief quotations preserved by ancient male authors. Yet those meager remains showed such power and genius that they captured the imagination of readers through the ages. But within the last century, dozens of new pieces of her poetry have been found written on crumbling papyrus or carved on broken pottery buried in the sands of Egypt. As recently as 2014, yet another discovery of a missing poem created a media stir around the world. The poems of Sappho reveal a remarkable woman who lived on the Greek island of Lesbos during the vibrant age of the birth of western science, art, and philosophy. Sappho was the daughter of an aristocratic family, a wife, a devoted mother, a lover of women, and one of the greatest writers of her own or any age. Nonetheless, although most people have heard of Sappho, the story of her lost poems and the lives of the ancient women they celebrate has never been told for a general audience. Searching for Sappho is the exciting tale of the rediscovery of Sappho’s poetry and of the woman and world they reveal.
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Went a little crazy on Daedalus.Can‘t even blame it on 🍷🍸🥃🍺 because as I recall, I ordered in the morning.

LeahBergen Ha! 😆 1mo
AmyG Enjoy! 1mo
Theaelizabet Great haul! Searching for Sappho is a good one. 1mo
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Found this at the library! Happy pride month everyone! 🏳️‍🌈

LeahBergen This sounds great. 13mo
Lylah @LeahBergen right?? I‘m almost thinking I should just buy it instead because I‘m sure I‘ll love it 13mo
LeahBergen That‘s probably wise! 😆 13mo
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From my latest bookstore excursion...

EloisaJames I love Sappho‘s poetry!! 2y
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... among mortal women, know this
... you could free me from all my cares
... on the riverbanks
... all through the night
Sappho, Fragment 23
#ownvoices #pridemonth

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This book was incredibly interesting, and accessible and easy to read even if you haven't studied classics. (As a classics student I spotted a few things that could have been more nuanced, but for newcomers that's not important enough to go into.) I read it in only a few days. This makes you appreciate not only Sappho, but all ancient Greek women. 4🌟

I-read-and-eat Great review! I am a classics student too and was worried it might be to 'popular' in style and statements so I didn't buy it. But now I will get it anyway 😊 2y
sneirr @I-read-and-eat I hope you enjoy it! 2y
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