Searching For Sapho
An exploration of the fascinating poetry, life, and world of Sappho, including a complete translation of all her poems.
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.
"Philip Freeman brings sexy back in Searching for Sappho." —Vanity Fair
"[Freeman] draws on the whole range of evidence for women's lives in the ancient Greek world....The result is an exquisitely detailed and well-judged account of the female life-cycle in classical antiquity....[The chapters] are masterpieces of compression and readability....Freeman's book is full of light and life, and readers seeking an accessible introduction to this marvelous poet need look no further." —Wall Street Journal
Philip Freeman's Searching for Sappho provides students and general readers with readable translations and interpretations of all the surviving poems and fragments, including those most recently discovered. As it reconstructs Sappho's life, it offers a lively picture of ancient Greek women's daily experience within their families and communities. Finally, it conveys a sense of the excitement generated in the last two decades by the unexpected recovery of several new Sappho texts. Soundly researched yet wholly accessible, this volume is a complete and rewarding introduction to one of the world's greatest poets.
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