The Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Episode 10 Sappho Of Lesbos

June 3, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast 

Episode 10 - Sappho of Lesbos - The Woman and the Legend 

As a special Pride Month celebration, I’m recording a pair of episodes talking about the poet Sappho: what we know about her life and context, the legends that sprang up about her, what people of various ages thought of her, and most especially what they knew of her poetry, how they interpreted and even imitated it. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • The known facts of Sappho’s life 
  • What classical Greek and Roman writers said about her 
  • Possible explanations for some of the contradictory stories about her 
  • The social context for Sappho’s expressions of love and desire for women, and what sort of relationships were most likely involved 

More info 

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives here 

This topic is discussed in one or more entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project here 

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to me via email 

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