Stuff in the ‘Philip Freeman’ Category

7 February, 2017

SEARCHING FOR SAPPHO, Philip Freeman (Paperback)

An exploration of the fascinating poetry, life, and world of Sappho, including a complete translation of all her poems.

Searching for Sappho: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet (W.W. Norton, paperback release March 21, 2017)51SOqzAyGJL is the exciting tale of the rediscovery of Sappho’s poetry and of the woman and world they reveal, by a noted classicist and master storyteller.

For more than twenty-five centuries, all that the world knew of the poems of Sappho―the first woman writer in literary history―were a few brief quotations preserved by ancient male authors. Yet those meager remains showed such power and genius that they captured the imagination of readers through the ages. But within the last century, dozens of new pieces of her poetry have been found written on crumbling papyrus or carved on broken pottery buried in the sands of Egypt. As recently as 2014, yet another discovery of a missing poem created a media stir around the world.

The poems of Sappho reveal a remarkable woman who lived on the Greek island of Lesbos during the vibrant age of the birth of western science, art, and philosophy. Sappho was the daughter of an aristocratic family, a wife, a devoted mother, a lover of women, and one of the greatest writers of her own or any age. Nonetheless, although most people have heard of Sappho, the story of her lost poems and the lives of the ancient women they celebrate has never been told for a general audience.

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23 August, 2016

THE GOSPEL OF MARY, Philip Freeman

A gospel that may or may not be authentic, a race against time, a secret that threatens the church: these are some of the elements of the third in the series featuring Sister Deirdre as sleuth in ancient Ireland, in Christianity’s early days. (World Rights/Pegasus/Fall 2017)


2 August, 2016

HOW TO BE A GOOD FRIEND: An Ancient Guide to Real Friendship in a Superficial Age, Cicero (Philip Freeman, Translator)

Classicist Freeman offers a vivid new translation of Cicero’s famous “De Amicitia,” ruminations on friendship as a core relationship based on loyalty and mutual and genuine connection with others. (Princeton University Press, 2017, World Rights)


12 February, 2016

SEARCHING FOR SAPPHO: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet

“Philip Freeman’s Searching for Sappho provides students and general readers with readable translations and interpretations of all the surviving poems and fragments, including those most recently discovered. As it reconstructs Sappho’s life, it offers a lively picture of ancient Greek women’s daily experience within their families and communities. Finally, it conveys a sense of the excitement generated in the last two decades by the unexpected recovery of several new Sappho texts. Soundly researched yet wholly accessible, this volume is a complete and rewarding introduction to one of the world’s greatest poets.” (Marilyn B. Skinner, professor of classics emerita, University of Arizona)

An exploration of the fascinating poetry, life, and world 51SOqzAyGJLof Sappho, including a complete translation of all her poems.

For more than twenty-five centuries, all that the world knew of the poems of Sappho—the first woman writer in literary history—were a few brief quotations preserved by ancient male authors. Yet those meager remains showed such power and genius that they captured the imagination of readers through the ages. But within the last century, dozens of new pieces of her poetry have been found written on crumbling papyrus or carved on broken pottery buried in the sands of Egypt. As recently as 2014, yet another discovery of a missing poem created a media stir around the world.

The poems of Sappho reveal a remarkable woman who lived on the Greek island of Lesbos during the vibrant age of the birth of western science, art, and philosophy. Sappho was the daughter of an aristocratic family, a wife, a devoted mother, a lover of women, and one of the greatest writers of her own or any age. Nonetheless, although most people have heard of Sappho, the story of her lost poems and the lives of the ancient women they celebrate has never been told for a general audience.

Searching for Sappho is the exciting tale of the rediscovery of Sappho’s poetry and of the woman and world they reveal.

Published February 15, 2016 (W.W. Norton), the book includes Freeman’s original translations of Sappho’s poetry and 12 illustrations.


17 March, 2015

Celebrating Green: ST PATRICK OF IRELAND, Philip Freeman

Ireland’s patron saint has long been shrouded in legend, but the true story of St. Patrick is far more inspiring than the myths. In St. Patric41budYI85dLk of Ireland, Philip Freeman brings the historic Patrick and his world vividly to life. Patrick speaks in his own voice in two remarkable letters he wrote about himself and his beliefs, new translations of which are included here and which are still astonishing for their passion and eloquence.
Born late in the fourth century to an aristocratic British family, Patrick’s life was changed forever when he was abducted and taken to Ireland just before his sixteenth birthday. He spent six grueling years there as a slave, but the ordeal turned him from an atheist into a true believer. After a vision in which God told him he would go home, Patrick escaped captivity and, following a perilous journey, returned safely to Britain to the amazement of his family. But even more amazing to them was his announcement that he intended to go back to Ireland to spend the rest of his life ministering to the people who had once enslaved him.
Set against the turbulent backdrop of the British Isles during the last years of the Roman Empire, St. Patrick of Ireland brilliantly brings to life the real Patrick, shorn of legend, a man whose deep spiritual conviction and devotion helped to transform a country.


23 September, 2014

How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second-Half of Life, Cicero (Translator, Philip Freeman)

Musings on the joys of growing older from the great Roman philosopher and orator, translated and edited by Philip Freeman.  This will be the third volume in an informal series of short works from the ancient world, following How to Win an Election and How to Govern a Country. (Princeton University Press, World Rights, 2015)


3 September, 2014

SACRIFICE, Philip Freeman

The follow up to St. Brigid’s Bones, featuring the feisty Sister Deirdre, a mystery series set in the turbulent age of early medieval Ireland.  Sacrifice challenges the young nun to draw on her upbringing as a bard and a druid, as well as her Christian faith, as she tracks down a serial killer. (Pegasus/World Rights/Fall 2015)

 


10 March, 2014

Book of the Week: ST. PATRICK OF IRELAND, Philip Freeman

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!  St. Patrick
In the storytelling tradition of popular historian Thomas Cahill, this small book offers a fascinating and believable introduction to Ireland’s patron saint.
Born to an aristocratic British family in the fifth century, Patrick was kidnapped by slave raiders at age 15 and sold to an Irish farmer. After six years of tending sheep he escaped, walked 200 miles to a port city he had seen in a dream, and sailed for home. Years later, as a priest or bishop, he returned to Ireland. Bribing petty kings for safe passage through their rural domains, he preached, baptized and established churches in his beloved adopted land. This information about the saint’s life is known from two lengthy letters he wrote late in life, both included in a lively translation by Freeman, a classics professor and author of three previous books about the Celtic world. Dismissing many familiar tales as myths, he relies on archeological discoveries as well as Greek and Roman writers to create a colorful picture of Ireland at the end of the Roman Empire: its kings and headhunting warriors, gods and human sacrifices, belief in the Otherworld. “I am a stranger and an exile living among barbarians and pagans, because God cares for them,” Patrick wrote. Besides, time was running out: As Freeman observes, “The gospel had been preached throughout the world and was even then, by [Patrick’s] own efforts, being spread to the most distant land of all. There was simply no reason for God’s judgment to be delayed once the Irish had heard the good news.” –Publisher’s Weekly

 


7 January, 2014

Where I Write: Philip Freeman

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Our next Where I Write, in which our authors share their favorite writing spots,  is from Philip Freeman.

“My favorite place to write is Java John’s coffee house in beautiful downtown Decorah, Iowa. I don’t even like coffee, but I get a hot chocolate and work on my laptop in the back room. Everybody in town comes by eventually, but I always seem to get lots of work done anyway.” — Philip Freeman

Check out Philip and learn about his latest books How to Run a Country, How to Win an Election, and Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths on Twitter, Facebook, or his website!

 

 

 

 

 


11 July, 2013

SEARCHING FOR SAPPHO, Philip Freeman

The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet, Philip Freeman. A full-length investigation of the life and work of the female poet Plato called “the tenth muse,” using Sappho as a representation of a classical woman of antiquity. Freeman, a Harvard-trained classicist holds the endowed Qualley Chair in Classical Languages at Luther College and the author of JULIUS CAESAR and ALEXANDER THE GREAT (W.W. Norton, 2016)