active ca. 600 BC;
b. in Mytilene or Eresus on Lesbos;
female Greek lyric poet.
In the Alexandrian period, Sappho’s poems were arranged in nine books, according to their metrical form. Book 1 comprises 1,320 verses (330 Sapphic stanzas; fragment 30); the only complete poem (fragment 1) comprises seven Sapphic stanzas. It is proba…