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The Age of Tyrants: Sappho Via Gounod’s Opera

Synopsis
The heroine of Charles Gounod’s French opera Sapho (1851) sings her last aria O My Immortal Lyre on a Greek cliff before plunging to her death. Sappho, the most famous poet of the ‘Lyric Age’ of Greece, in the 7th to 6th centuries BC, addressed passionate love poems to women. This lecture uncovers what we know about the ‘real Sappho’, an aristocrat who lived between 630 and 570 BCE on the island of Lesbos and socialised in the lavish courts of upstart tyrants. This historical context in no way diminishes her songs’ astonishing immediacy and erotic power. [54 minutes]
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Series
Ancient Greece in Film, Opera and the Arts
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
2017
Subjects
Film studies; Literature
Keywords
poetry; Sappho; ancient Greece

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https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/homers-iliad-via-the-movie-troy-2004
Price
Free
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Contributor
Edith Hall

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Gresham College

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