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A Conversation with Philip Freeman, author of Searching for Sappho. May 12, 2016.

May 12, 2016


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.

From the W. W. Norton website

Philip Freeman is the author of Oh, My Gods a book we talked about on Graffiti nearly foursappho_2807182b years ago. It was one of the most popular shows of 2012.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to listen to my conversation with Philip about his newest book, Searching for Sappho, on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website.

Here are a number websites that may interest you:a-a-a-lesbos-greece-1680x1050

CLICK HERE for the W. W. Norton website for Searching for Sappho.

CLICK HERE for blog posting for the interview I did with Philip about Oh, My Gods.12098442

CLICK HERE for the Philip Freeman website.

CLICK HERE for for the wikipedia entry for Sappho.

CLICK HERE for an audio of the most recently found fragment of Sappho’s “Brothers Poem”. Read in GREEK.

CLICK HERE for more about the “Brothers Poem”.

CLICK HERE if you’re interested in reading some of your work…poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc. at the Hudson Valley Writers Center on May 20th @ 7:30pm.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. billbuschel permalink*
    August 17, 2017 12:07 am

    Reblogged this on Just My Eyes and commented:

    Sorry to say that once again I’m running a repeat tonight. Actually it’s Styli stuck in the studio that’s running it but since I’m not there in the studio with him it’s only right that I take the hit. With luck I’ll be back in Astoria in September for a NEW edition of GRAFFITI.


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