Astronomers crack the secret of this gorgeous poem by Sappho

This is one of my favorite poems by the ancient Greek poet Sappho. She was a master of packing a lot into a very tiny lyric — which is good since, tragically, only 200 scraps of her verse survive. This one is magnificent. In a mere eight lines, she paints the melancholy of middle age onto the canvas … Continue reading Astronomers crack the secret of this gorgeous poem by Sappho