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Book Reviews & Features


Sappho: Songs and Poems – carlyjbrown.com review 14th April 2023

Here in garlands, goddess of love, as a sign
to our own festivities, with a graceful hand
in golden cups pour nectar out like wine.

I must admit: I don’t know much about antiquity. Frequent readers of this blog will know that I’m interested in 18th and 19th century history which – believe it or not – is fairly recent (when we take into account all of human history). But what I do know is that there were many complex and vibrant civilizations long before our own and we can still feel their influence today in our beliefs, our values and our art. And how cool is it that one of the most famous and lasting poets in all of Western literature was a woman?