Sappho of Lesbos: The Female Poet of Ancient Greece

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Kelly Macquire
by Ancient History Encyclopedia
published on 16 February 2021
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Sappho of Lesbos was considered one of the greatest poets of her time. Ancient scholars included her among the illustrious Nine Lyric Poets - a list of the most important and influential poets of the age who mirrored the Nine Muses. Sappho was born on the Greek island of Lesbos and is known to have been both a musician and a poet. She invented many things, including lyric poetry, the plectron which is used to pick a lyre, a pektis which is a particular type of lyre, and the Mixolydian mode.

Sappho's poetry survives to us mostly in fragments, with only one of her poems surviving in full. What has survived is incredibly emotive, and displays her understanding of enduring human emotion that still resonates with readers in the modern-day. Sappho of Lesbos, the Female Greek Poet of Ancient Greece so renowned in her time that she was often referred to as simply 'the Poetess,' has created works that have survived for over two thousand years, and is still revered today.

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