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Sappho
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(Σαπφώ/Sapphṓ; in her self-designation, fr. 1: Ψάπφω/Psápphō). Greek poet c. 600 BC.

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A. Life

Lyric poet, born at Mytilene or Eresus on Lesbos. Was regularly synchronized in Antiquity with the poet Alcaeus [4] and the statesman Pittacus (e.g., Str. 13,617). The date recorded in the Suda s.v. Σ. - the 42nd Olympiad = 612-609 BC - could refer either to her birth or to her akme. The latter is the more likely and accords with the notice in the Marmor Parium that she went into exile…

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Robbins, Emmet (Toronto), “Sappho”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1101040>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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