Reclaiming Sappho for the 21st Century

This is the book The Lesbian Lyre: Reclaiming Sappho for the 21st Century.

For if she flees at first, she’ll soon pursue;
the gifts she has spurned, she’ll shortly bestow;
the love she flouts, she’ll soon long languish for not wanting to.”

Is this love? It sounds more like revenge. Another woman has wounded Sappho with love, and now she wants make her feel the same way. With Aphrodite’s help. Their Gods (and Goddesses) often intervened in human affairs.

Jeffrey Duban is also looking for revenge – from all the translators who have mangled ancient Greek. Their translations may be more satisfying, he says, but they are not authentic.

I enjoyed his attacks on his fellow-academics. Something they relish, that happens fairly frequently.

 

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