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Book Club Of The Air: Sappho

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Book Club Of The Air: Sappho

Book Club Of The Air: Sappho

Book Club Of The Air: Sappho

Only Available in Archive Formats.

GUESTS: Mary Barnard translator of Sappho Page duBois Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of San Diego Author of Sappho Is Burning (University of Chicago Press, 1995) All that survives of Sappho's work are two incomplete poems and about a hundred fragments of verse— yet she is considered perhaps the greatest lyric poet of ancient Greece. Our biographical knowledge of Sappho is also scant...all that can be said with certainty is that she lived on Lesbos around the seventh century B.C. Sappho's Greek, which is by turns complex and colloquial, has been called untranslatable by many; but Mary Barnard's rendering of Sappho's verse has drawn high praise since it was published 40 years ago. Join Ray Suarez and guests to discuss the poetry of Sappho.

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