A paper examining the differences in the writings of Sappho and Homer and the ways each presents male and female behavior.
This paper examines the ways in which Homer and Sappho present the subjects of their works. It focuses on the gender differences and societal segregation that defined male and female roles.
“Sappho wrote against the Homeric code of masculine honor by focusing on women and by emphasizing the individual by writing in the first person. I will discuss the ways in which Sappho’s works differed from Homer’s Illiad, why it differed and how these differences were affected by changing male and female roles. I will also discuss how Sappho reworked gender and sexuality both because of and in response to society’s view of women.”