Searching For Sappho
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For more than twenty-five centuries, all that the world knew of the poems of Sappho - the first woman writer in literary history - were a few brief quotations preserved by male authors. Yet those meager remains showed such power and genius that they captured the imagination of readers through the ages. Bu within the last century, dozens of new pieces of her poetry have been found written on crumbling papyrus or carved on broken pottery buried in the sands of Egypt. As recently as 2014, yet another discover of a missing poem created a media stir around the world.