Sappho - ENGL 2111 World Literature November 05, 2009...

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ENGL 2111 World Literature November 05, 2009 Sappho Q1. Discuss Sappho’s poems historically regarding their availability in print. What role (negatively or positively) did the Medieval Church, Renaissance Scholars, and Egyptian papyrus scrolls play in affecting the availability of her work in print? It is said that Sappho may not have written down her poems down. The Medieval church played a negative role by burning some of the Manuscript of her poems, they had cast her out seen her as an abomination due to her Lesbianism. Other manuscripts were found in an ancient rubbish heap in Egypt. Papyrus scrolls where the poems had been copied had been cut into strips and used as mummy wrapping; like stuffing mummified crocodile. The Renaissance Scholars played a positive role by trying to recover some of Sappho’s work by assembling some of the quotations in other Greek and Roman writings. This reconstruction was hard due to the shredding and left partial lines which were filled by a lot of guesswork. (Sappho Page 1141)
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2011 for the course ENGL 2111 taught by Professor R.g.daniel during the Fall '09 term at Georgia Perimeter.

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