Sappho and Same-sex Love in Ancient Greece, Feat. The Exploress

Our theme this month has been the female body, so today we’re bringing you that lover of women’s bodies, Sappho. From the isle of Lesbos, from which we get our word lesbian, she has been renowned throughout history as a master of literature and a lover of other women, but what is the actual evidence that she took female lovers? And what were the attitudes toward same-sex love in ancient Greece, for women and for men? Kate of the podcast The Exploress is here to tell us all about that in today’s eloquent showcase episode.

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Audio Credits

Podcast theme music mixed from “Gregorian Chant”, “Mystery Sax”, and “There It Is” by Kevin MacLeod.

Kate. “That Loosener of Limbs: Sappho and Sexuality in Ancient Greece.” Originally aired on The Exploress. 2019, July 24.

Image Credits

“Sappho”, by Charles Mengin, 1877. Wikipedia.


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