Representation of Sappho

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Nicole Smith
ENGL 360 Women in Literature
Dr. Hall
26 March 2013
Representation of Sappho
I attended the 2013 Isom Student Gender Conference. I went to the panel on Wednesday, March 29, 2013 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The panel was on the representations of Sappho. Two papers on the representation of Sappho were read during the panel. The Panel was in the Center for Manufacturing Excellence on the campus of the university of Mississippi. Only about 12 people attended the panel. The moderator was Aileen Ajootian, Chair and Professor of Classics and Art. There were two students who represented and gave their reports on the Representations of Sappho, Teresa Spears and Tess Hill. Spears spoke on “Examing Fragments: Viewing Sappho through representations o Attic Vases.” Hill spoke on “The Tenth Muse: Sappho in Context.” Ancient images of Sappho abound in literary record, but visual representations of the poet are few. The two papers are from the students work in a Greek Vase Painting Class. The first paper is by Tess Hill, a double major in classics and commutative disorders. She presented her talk on the tempt views of the Sappho context. Sappho is a Greek female poet command of lyric poetry earned her to be looked at as a muse and an importance place in the canon of Greek literature. Much of Sappho’s biography relies on ancient tradition, which may not have originated in her own time and may not be entirely true. The parts of Sappho’s story that are generally unquestioned are the she lived during the Archaic period, probably born around 630 B.C. and died around 570 B.C. on the island of Lesbos. She was born into a fairly wealthy and well respected family. From her poetry, she indicates that she was married to a man with whom she had a daughter. Her poetry is the only contemporary source we have for her life, later records shed more light on her story. Most say she gained fame by 600 BC. Cicero describes a vase of Sappho that bore the inscription, “My name is...
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