The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Research Article

The Nature of Sappho's Seizure in FR. 31 LP as Evidence of her Inversion

George Devereuxa1

a1 École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris

It is proposed to reappraise the nature of Sappho's seizure (2 B = 2 D = 31 LP), to demonstrate that it constitutes proof positive of her lesbianism and to delimit, on the basis of psycho-physiological considerations, the sense any emendation of S0009838800044542_inline1 (v. 9) must have, if it is to match the clinical precision and to fit the rest of the seizure she describes.