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The Linnet´s Wings 2 Sappho was born in the seventh century BCE, two centuries before Socrates required the gods to be moral and intellectually consistent and several more centuries before Christianity had consigned most of human nature to the devil. In Republic Socrates condemns the Greek Myths because they portray gods doing immoral and irrational things. Socrates requires gods or God to be rational and decent. Goodness and righteousness, then, are the gods of God – God is all-powerful, but cannot perform un-godly acts. Christianity takes this further, insisting human nature is corrupt and whatever is excellent in us is worthless, without the sanction of Jesus’ teaching. 1 Corinthians 13 condemns human powers and accomplishments as “tinkling cymbals and sounding brass” compared with caring for one another and maintaining faith in God. What can we learn from a world before these adjustments and revaluations? If we were devoted to these old Greek gods, what would our lives be like? [pic] This is an idealized conception ofSappho. She was born on the Island ofLesbos somewhere around 630 BCE and died around 590. All but a few poems and broken fragments remain from her numerous and popular works. Sappho has become a celebrated figure as an ancient woman artist and lesbian, but the romantic, heroic, and tragic tales ofSappho’s life – such as Erica Jong’s “Sappho’s Leap” (2003) -- are imaginary. This image is an ancient Roman fresco from Pompeii. 40