Category: Grad School

Not clad in diaphanous garments, nor shod in dainty slippers

I will have naught to do whether with lover or husband Albeit he comes to me with strength and passion I will live at home in perfect chastity Beautifully dressed and wearing a saffron-coloured gown To this end I may inspire my husband with… Continue Reading “Not clad in diaphanous garments, nor shod in dainty slippers”

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Laundry, love and the lyre (Sappho 2)

(Above video an example of the ancient Greek Lyre – in the style that Sappho would most likely have played). Of all the things I’ve read so far, Sappho was the writer who drove me immediately from reading into writing down my impressions of… Continue Reading “Laundry, love and the lyre (Sappho 2)”

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Love in the time of Socrates

(My pre and post-class notes on The Symposium). Long before I had ever heard of the Symposium, a reading of Voltaire made me aware of the speech of Aristophanes which occurs about halfway through the text. Immortalized in many media forms (not the least… Continue Reading “Love in the time of Socrates”

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When quitting is getting ahead.

I had a total sewing fail this week – wonky dress pattern with at least one wrong-sized piece from the manufacturer – and a plaid I didn’t have enough of to match up properly so the dress bodice came out looking strange. I never… Continue Reading “When quitting is getting ahead.”

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