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A series of five talks on some instances of learned invention and forgery
5-Sappho and Bilitisby Denys L. Page
Regius Professor of Greek
In the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity College
Of Sappho's poetry, only a meagre proportion survived into the Middle Ages; too little, at any rate, either to dispel or to confirm the dubious reputation that has lingered over her name. In 1895 Pierre Louys published his Chansons de Bilitis, a collection of somewhat indelicate poems allegedly written by one of Sappho's libertine companions. German scholarship at once replied with its own picture of Sappho presiding benevolently over a respectable academy for young ladies. Recent finds in Egypt reveal a Sappho about equally far from these two extremes.


Denys L.

Sticks and stones will break my bones But names can never hurt me.
When I'm dead and in my grave, You'll pay for what you called me
A programme of insult and derision, with some milder itema, recorded in the streets and playgrounds of Dublin and Glasgow
Narrator, Duncan Mclntyre
Programme devised by Leslie Daiken
Production by David Thomson


Duncan McLntyre
Leslie Daiken
Production By:
David Thomson

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