Sappho’s Poems Assignment

Part A
: History tells us that Sappho’s works were burneden massein the fourth century C.E. and later in the eleventh century C.E., eras in which her poems were considered pornographic because they featured sexual relationships between women. Recall that inWeek 1andWeek 2we discussed texts that examine governance, leadership, and authority as well as citizens’ relationships with authority. Pick one character or author from the list below and write one paragraph telling what that figure would say about burning/banning Sappho’s poetry. Remember, you are not giving your opinion. Rather, your job is to imagine the opinion of the author or fictional character:

  • Homer
  • Odysseus
  • Penelope
  • Confucius
  • Sophocles
  • Creon
  • Haemon
  • Ismene
  • Antigone

Part B: What do you think? (Yes, now it is time to give your views!). In two paragraphs, argue that one, several, or all of Sappho’s poems should or should not be banned. Be sure to explain your position in detail.

Part C: Put together in one document the texts that you developed inPart AandPart B. Remember that your claims in all parts of the assignment should be substantiated by excerpts from appropriate sources (scholarly research and/or literary texts). Quotes, paraphrase, and summary used in the assignment should be arranged according to APA rules of style, and in-text and reference citations should be provided, also formatted in APA style. Quoted material should not exceed 25% of the post. Submit the final document in theDiscussion Area.

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