Sappho: Love And Life On Lesbos

Sappho: Love And Life On LesbosThe BBC spelling of Lesvos as Lesbos is a little embarassing but I have presented the programme title and review as written by the BBC. Please accept my apologies.

Sappho: Love And Life On Lesbos With Margaret Mountford

With a PhD in Papyrology, Margaret Mountford (The Apprentice) goes in search of the truth behind the legend of Sappho, the most controversial writer of the ancient world and the first authentic woman’s voice in western history. 

A lost papyrus inspires Margaret to go on a journey of exploration. From the fragmentary documents, ruined temple architecture and surviving oriental jewellery, we conjure the real world of the woman, whose erotic writings gave us the words ‘sapphic’ and ‘lesbian’, after the island of Lesbos the place of her birth.

Was Sappho indeed the first lesbian – a priestess, prostitute, stern schoolmistress or aristocratic lady of leisure, as readers over the centuries have variously alleged? Margaret looks at how each generation’s view of the archetypal liberated woman of letters tells us as much about us and our fears and concerns as it does about her.

Commissioned by Greg Sanderson, BBC Commissioning Editor, Arts, Music & Events, the 1×60 film is produced by Maya Vision International’s Sally Thomas and directed by Jack MacInnes.

‘Sappho: Love And Life On Lesbos’
May 6: 9.00pm-10.00pm
BBC FOUR

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We started visiting Lesvos such a long time ago we can't remember when. We simply fell in love with the island in general and Molyvos in particular. In 2005 we bought some land and tried to manage the building of our house from the UK. Holidays became site visits and our house was [mostly] completed in 2007. In 2009 we sold up in the UK and moved to Molyvos. This is now our home and we count ourselves amongst the luckiest of the lucky. I am a member of the Molyvos Tourist Association, providing photographs for their brochures and general publicity. Most of my time is spent on activities to encourage tourism or taking photographs of one of the most beautiful places on earth. I also produce calendars and sell them on-line through Lesvos Calendars. Please visit and have a look. You can also see more of my photographs on my  Robin Sanders Photography website.

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