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October 1, 2021

Discover the works of poet and songwriter Sappho, and find out why only fragments of her poetry still survive.

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Over 2,500 years ago, one of ancient Greece’s most celebrated popstars and erotic poets enraptured listeners. The singer-songwriter offered a uniquely intimate perspective on love, passion, and longing, and was the first on record to combine the words “bitter” and “sweet,” to describe the ups and downs of romance. So, who was this revered figure? Diane J. Rayor uncovers the writings of Sappho.

Lesson by Diane J. Rayor, directed by Amir Houshang Moein.

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