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House of the Muses #7

Over the passing months, a shift in the attitude of some of Sappho’s students is noticed. As Gorgo’s school grows in popularity more rumors begin to circulate about Sappho’s colorful past. After a musical competition between the two schools ends in a disappointing fashion that no one could have predicted, late that night Sappho’s school erupts in dissension. A number of her students announce that they are leaving to go to Gorgo’s school. Atthis breaks ties with Sappho, who in despair gives her famous exclamation: “Well! Andromeda has driven a pretty bargain!”

Pam Harrison

Standard Comic
Full Color
Page Count: 52

Scholars have for centuries set aside one perplexing poem inexplicably written in Spartan dialect from the Ennead, the nine books authored by Sappho. Why Sappho kept this poem in her collection has never been explained. Sappho had among her students a girl named Mnasidika, a Spartan name that means, ‘In Remembrance of Justice’. Another translated restoration of a little-known poem of Sappho”s, shredded by the early Church and left in fragments because of its ‘offensive” subject matter revealed a haunting tale of ‘immortal lovers”. The details of this novel are derived primarily from the works of Alkaios, not Sappho, in his recounting of their early youth during the Civil War in Mytilene, the War with Athens, and the activities of the House of Penthilos. Many are unaware–or their understanding uncertain–about the part the Poetess of Mytilene played in the court intrigues, political upheavals and assassination plots of the time. Recipient of the 2009 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant for Outstanding New Series!

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