Library Scholars Series - David Mulroy: Sapphobilly

Cate Booth 608-355-5251
Mon, Apr 7, 2014, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Ancient Greek and Roman authors are best known for epic poems, dramas, histories, and speeches.  Less well known is that they also included some of the best songwriters in the history of western civilization.  Presented by David Mulroy Ph.D., Sapphobilly is a lecture with amateur musical accompaniment that aims to recreate the spirit of 14 of the best surviving songs by Greek and Roman poets Sappho,  Catullus, and Horace. The name "Sapphobilly" was created by combining Sappho's name with "rockabilly."

Mulroy re-translated songs into short, rhymed, singable stanzas, and sets them to music using simple chord progressions on the guitar.

Professor David Mulroy has taught Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 1973 and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford.