Start Date

20-4-2017 9:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2017 10:15 AM

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Ancient Philosophy

Subjects

Sappho -- Criticism and interpretation, Sappho -- History, Sappho -- Influence, Lesbianism in literature, Greek poetry -- History and criticism

Abstract

Sappho was a queer woman in ancient Greece. Scholars have researched her sexuality, promiscuity, and sexual orientation, often instead of analyzing her works. Sappho’s poetry provides historians a rare view into the lives of queer women in ancient Greece, shaping the largely untold female LGBTQ history. She introduces a unique viewpoint; she brings complex ideas, such as the justice of Aphrodite, active versus passive lover roles, and erotic culture. Sappho’s distinctly queer poetry is important to explore in an attempt to better understand the past of more people.

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Apr 20th, 9:00 AM Apr 20th, 10:15 AM

Sappho's Queer Female History

Sappho was a queer woman in ancient Greece. Scholars have researched her sexuality, promiscuity, and sexual orientation, often instead of analyzing her works. Sappho’s poetry provides historians a rare view into the lives of queer women in ancient Greece, shaping the largely untold female LGBTQ history. She introduces a unique viewpoint; she brings complex ideas, such as the justice of Aphrodite, active versus passive lover roles, and erotic culture. Sappho’s distinctly queer poetry is important to explore in an attempt to better understand the past of more people.