Sappho


A painting of Sappho by Karl Agricola circa 1839 Public domain/licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

Sappho is described as the greatest female poet of ancient Greece. Or, the greatest Greek lyric poet, period. Her reputation as one of the world’s finest poets has persisted for more than 2500 years, but the overwhelming majority of her work has not.

Tracy's Research:

  • Krstovic, Jelena. "Sappho: Overview." Gay & Lesbian Biography, edited by Michael J. Tyrkus and Michael Bronski, St. James Press, 1997. Biography in Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/H1420007072/GPS?u=mlin_m_minuteman&sid=GPS&xid=0da733be. Accessed 26 Feb. 2019.
  • Ovid. “The Heroïdes; or, Epistles of the heroines, The Amours, Art of love, Remedy of love, and minor works of Ovid.” 1852. Via archive.org. https://archive.org/details/herodesorepistle00ovid/page/147
  • "Sappho." Gay & Lesbian Biography, edited by Michael J. Tyrkus and Michael Bronski, St. James Press, 1997. Biography in Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/K1634000231/GPS?u=mlin_m_minuteman&sid=GPS&xid=18e88fa6. Accessed 26 Feb. 2019.
  • Suda Online. “Σαπφώ.” http://www.stoa.org/sol-bin/search.pl?login=guest&enlogin=guest&db=REAL&field=adlerhw_gr&searchstr=sigma,107 and http://www.stoa.org/sol-bin/search.pl?login=guest&enlogin=guest&db=REAL&field=adlerhw_gr&searchstr=sigma,108
  • Mendelsohn, Daniel. “Girl, Interrupted: Who was Sappho?” The New Yorker. 3/16/2015. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/16/girl-interrupted
  • Reynolds, Margaret. “How did Sappho shape the way we talk about love and sex?” iWonder. BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z928rdm
  • Poetry Foundation. “Sappho.” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/sappho
  • "Greece: Sappho: Does Sappho’s Poetry Represent a Departure from the Traditional Masculine View of Love?" History in Dispute, edited by Paul Allen Miller and Charles Platter, vol. 20: Classical Antiquity and Classical Studies, St. James Press, 2005, pp. 164-171. World History in Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CX2878000031/GPS?u=mlin_m_minuteman&sid=GPS&xid=908e499a. Accessed 26 Feb. 2019.
  • Valentine, Jody. “Lesbians Are From Lesbos: Sappho and identity construction in The Ladder.” Helios. Fall 2008. http://www.ttup.ttu.edu/JournalPages/Helios.html
  • Blank, Paula. “The Proverbial ‘Lesbian’: Queering Etymology in Contemporary Critical Practice.” Modern Philology , Vol. 109, No. 1 (August 2011). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/661977
  • Wharton, Henry Thornton. “Sappho: Memoir, text, selected renderings, and a literal translation.” London: John Lane Company. 1908. Via Project Gutenberg. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/57390/57390-h/57390-h.htm
  • Haines, M.A., translator. “Sappho: The Poems and Fragments.” London. George Routledge & Sons Ltd. 1926. Via Archive.org. https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.58689/page/n3
  • “Sappho: Love Poem – 34 Translations.” http://www.bopsecrets.org/gateway/passages/sappho.htm
  • Johnson, Marguerite. “Guide to the classics: Sappho, a poet in fragments.” The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-sappho-a-poet-in-fragments-90823
  • Parker, Holt N. “Sappho Schoolmistress.” Transactions of the American Philological Association (1974-2014), Vol. 123 (1993). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/284334
  • Toth, Peter. “The Mystery of Sappho.” British Library. 7/8/2017. https://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2017/07/the-mystery-of-sappho.html

Topics in this Podcast: LGBTQIA history, history mysteries, biographies, women, poets, literary history, ancient Greece, antiquity