(686 words)

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…

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Hagelberg, Leonie, “Sappho”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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