Let's Talk about Sappho

April 04, 2023

Let's Talk about Sappho

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center (1161 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus)

Diane Rayor, Professor Emerita of Classics Diane will introduce us to Sappho, the earliest and most famous Greek woman poet, and issues of translating gender markers into English. There will be a poetry reading, mini-lecture, and time for dialogue!



Diane Rayor Bio:

Diane co-founded the Classics Department in 2000, and received the Niemeyer Outstanding Faculty Award (2011) and the Women’s Commission Women’s Impact Award (2014). Her second edition of Sappho: A New Translation of the Complete Works (Cambridge University Press, paperback Feb. 2023) includes more poems and an audio recording by Kate Reading. Sample: 

Rayor’s other book translations of ancient Greek poetry and drama include Euripides' 'Medea' (2013), Sophocles' 'Antigone'(2011), Homeric Hymns (California 2014), and Sappho's Lyre: Archaic Lyric and Women Poets of Ancient Greece (1991). She also assisted in the TEDed production on the origin of the word “Lesbian”:


For more information, contact the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center for details at [email protected] or 616-331-2530.

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