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

August 17, 2017

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.

Just My Eyes

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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…

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