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Steven R Green

Tyrants and Poets: The Legend of Sappho

Tyrants and Poets: The Legend of Sappho

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At the time of 600 BC, forces of change were spreading throughout the archaic world. Because the written word was gaining popularity in archaic Greece, the poets had significant power. The most prominent poet was Sappho from the isle of Lesvos. She and her contemporaries could make or break reputations, challenge tyrants, and expose the greed of oligarchies. Some leaders perceived her as a threat while others sought her inspiration. Archaic Greece confronted social issues that resonate in our contemporary times: Income Inequality, Oligarchy, and the treatment of women. Historical fragments combine with myths to reveal a tale of courage and change. It's possible that Sappho was the first feminist, and several of her companions enhance the story. Cleis, who refused to conform to oppressive norms and found refuge in Lesbos, presents a heroic young woman. The Egyptian priestess, Doricha, combines her search with Sappho's dedication to Aphrodite. Some very impressive Amazons make their appearance as well Historical characters will come alive for you, including Aesop and his fables, the poet Alcaeus, and the tyrant Draco. Take the journey to Athens, Corinth, Lesvos, Egypt, and Ephesus, as this archaic period lures you into its web.

Author: Steven Green
Publisher: Steven R Green
Published: 05/16/2018
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.81lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.57d
ISBN: 9780989285865

About the Author
Steven Green is a retired social worker with several self-published novels. He had extensive clinical experience in women's issues, eating disorders, interpersonal relations, and trauma. He frequently challenges traditions and customs and provokes us to think outside the box of habitual norms.

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