“Sleeping in the Bosom of a Tender Companion”

  title={“Sleeping in the Bosom of a Tender Companion”},
  author={Anne Lingard Klinck},
  journal={Journal of Homosexuality},
  pages={193 - 208}
  • A. Klinck
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Homosexuality
Abstract This paper reexamines the ancient evidence to see what light it sheds on homoeroticism in Sappho. From the Hellenistic period on there are derogatory references to her homosexuality-and also denials that she was involved in same-sex relationships. From the late archaic period on there are hints that women from Lesbos had a reputation for being sexually adventurous. Yet there is a discontinuity between these quips about Sappho and/or “Lesbianism,” and her own poetry, which is intense… 
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