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Sappho of Lesbos

Sappho -- Psappho grew up on Lesbos, a commercial island where women were allowed greater freedom than in Attica. Sappho started her own school for girls, in which they learned the art of writing lyric poetry from one of its greatest masters -- Sappho herself.

Sappho - Books on Sappho
While we have more poetry written by Sappho of Lesbos than any other ancient Greek woman, that is not saying a lot. Still, we have enough details and fragments of Sappho's work to have spawned discussion and disagreement.

Sappho is the most famous of the ancient Greek women poets. Sappho is known for the island on which she lived and taught young women, Lesbos, and the assumption that she and some of her students were lesbians.

Review: The Laughter of Aphrodite
Peter Green constructs a biography based on the few known facts of Sappho's life.

A Yokepair of Opposites
Alcaeus and Sappho of Lesbos were lyric poets of the seventh century B.C.

Sappho 1
William Harris' translation and interpretation of the only complete poem of Sappho that we have.

Sappho 1
Translation of Sappho 1, by Diane Rayor. Poem invokes Aphrodite and names Sappho.

Sappho 2
The fourth poem in Diane Raynor's book of translations of Sappho, Sappho's Lyre. Topic is the beauty of the one one loves.

Sappho and the World of Lesbian Poetry
Article by William Harris in which he mentions how futile is speculation about the real life of Sappho of Lesbos and then translates and interprets, rather than criticizes, some of Sappho's poetry.

Untangled Mores
C. Salmons' review of Margaret Williamson's Sappho's Immortal Daughters. "Although the book purports to be a serious study, Williamson is far too playful for a schoolmarm."

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