Sappho and Her Social Context: Sense and Sensuality

  title={Sappho and Her Social Context: Sense and Sensuality},
  author={J. Hallett},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={447 - 464}
  • J. Hallett
  • Published 1979
  • Art
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • The poetic personality of Sappho and the poetic phenomenon of Sappho have proven difficult for both ancients and moderns to understand. Later generations of ancients-Greeks of the fourth century B.C. and thereafter, Romans, and Byzantines-were unaccustomed to supreme lyric talent in a woman who wrote about seemingly private passions. Several ancient sources thus class the late seventh/early sixth century B.C. Sappho not among the leading male poets of her time, as the ninth great Greek lyric… CONTINUE READING
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