Sappho lesbian dating
The poetess provides a challenge to widespread contemporary reception, because the popularity and cultural significance of her poems is accompanied by a huge degree of fragmentation — only a handful of nearly complete poems and a couple hundred scraps remain from an original corpus of nine full books.Fragmentation comes as no surprise to anyone who studies antiquity, and the loss of most of Sappho’s poems is hardly exceptional..action_button.action_button:active.action_button:hover.action_button:focus.action_button:hover.action_button:focus .count.action_button:hover .count.action_button:focus .count:before.action_button:hover .count:before.u-margin-left--sm.u-flex.u-flex-auto.u-flex-none.bullet.
To address the parenthetical first, it seems what Glenn Most means by “this classification” is “lesbianism.” He may be correct: the earliest contemporary reference I can find to the term is a journal of sexual dysfunction, an imposition of male physicians on women they perceived to have been disordered.
A favorite game of some of these critics is to pull out Fragment 31, written from the point of view of a woman overcome as she watches a man and a woman speaking. 74: “It might be noted that Catullus uses Sappho’s poem as a model for a heterosexual poem.”)These same critics choose not to address those poems in which female-female eroticism is less ambiguous — Fragment 94, say, in which Sappho nostalgically reminds her departing lover (all translations by Carson):for many crowns of violets and rosesat my side you put onand many woven garlands made of flowersaround your soft throat.
The poem has traditionally been translated from a female perspective directed at a female object of desire, but some critics have labored greatly to demonstrate that the Greek is, in fact, more ambiguous — and, while paying lip-service to preserving ambiguity, strongly suggesting that the poem is about heterosexual desire. And with sweet oil costlyyou anointed yourselfand on a soft beddelicateyou would let loose your longing‘Sapphic’ and ‘Lesbian’ have become convenient labels for a female sexual orientation directed exclusively at other women.
Slurs assigned to marginalized categories of people have often been taken up as proud identity markers.
The doctors who pathologized women for displaying same-sex desire did not invent lesbianism.