Edith Hall is a Professor in the Department of Classics and the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s College London.
 (May 2015)

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IN THE REVIEW

Sensual Sappho

Portrait of a young woman often identified as Sappho; fresco, Pompeii, first century CE

Sappho: A New Translation of the Complete Works

translated from the ancient Greek by Diane J. Rayor, with an introduction and notes by André Lardinois
Sappho has probably had more words written about her in proportion to her own surviving output than any other writer. Yet for all the meagerness of her extant poetry, she is a founder in many more respects than in teaching us what love feels like. She is the first female poet and “learned woman” known to antiquity and to the “Western” literary tradition. Said to have been entitled “the tenth Muse” by Plato, she was the only woman whom ancient scholars included in the canon of significant lyric poets.