Tag: Classical Literature

Literature

Five Fascinating Facts about Plutarch

Fun facts about a pioneering ancient writer 1. Plutarch effectively invented the genre of biography. Plutarch’s innovative approach to biography was to take two important figures – one from Greek civilisation and the other from the Roman empire – and compare and contrast their characters, fortunes, and outlooks. This is […]

Literature

Five Fascinating Facts about Sappho

Interesting trivia about the original ‘Lesbian poet’ 1. Sappho has been credited with inventing the plectrum. An Athenian vase dating from the sixth century BC shows Sappho holding a lyre, which she is plucking with a small device that is recognisable as the forerunner to the modern plectrum. Did she […]