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Kevin Pintauro September 24, 2006 Group Presentation The Censorship of Sappho One of the oldest examples of censorship in the modern world is the attempted destruction of the collected works of Sappho. In ancient Greece, Sappho’s works were accredited by many well known and respected “father’s of philosophy” including Socrates and Plato. The content included in her works includes homosexuality, worshiping goddess and the emphasis of the importance and value of woman made her a target of the Catholic Church. The church on more than one occasion sought for the specific destruction of Sappho’s poetry and life’s works. One may argue that the church did in fact succeed because, many of her works are lost forever, and one of the few sources of her works today are known from the references used by other “respected” artists who were ironically showing respect towards one who they thought of as a brilliant and very respectable artist. However, because the church failed in entirely eliminating Sappho’s records, one may argue that they only succeeded in glorifying Sappho’s and her works making her even more famous. According to Mary Barnard, of The Bedford Anthology of World Literature, Sappho was a big target of censorship by the church in
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