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Sappho's immortal daughters

Author: Margaret Williamson
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995.
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Margaret Williamson conducts us through ancient representations of Sappho, from vase paintings to appearances in Ovid, and traces the route by which her work has reached us, shaped along the way by excavators, editors, and interpreters. She goes back to the poet's world and time to explore perennial questions about Sappho: How could a woman have access to the public medium of song? What was the place of female  Read more...
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Williamson, Margaret, 1947-
Sappho's immortal daughters.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)647208876
Named Person: Sappho; Sappho; Sappho; Sappho; Sappho; Sappho; Sappho; Sappho; Sappho; Sappho; Sappho
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Williamson
ISBN: 0674789121 9780674789128
OCLC Number: 32589412
Description: xi, 196 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The legend --
Papyrus into print --
Poetry and politics --
Sexuality and ritual --
The songs.
Responsibility: Margaret Williamson.

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Margaret Williamson conducts us through ancient representations of Sappho, from vase paintings to appearances in Ovid, and traces the route by which her work has reached us, shaped along the way by excavators, editors, and interpreters. She goes back to the poet's world and time to explore perennial questions about Sappho: How could a woman have access to the public medium of song? What was the place of female sexuality in the public and religious symbolism of Greek culture? What is the sexual meaning of her poems? Williamson then looks closely at the poems themselves, Sappho's "immortal daughters." Her book offers the clearest picture yet of a woman whose place in the history of Western culture has been at once assured and mysterious.

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