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Sappho

(fl. c. 610—570 bc)


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(early 7th century bc), Greek lyric poet who lived on Lesbos. The centre of a circle of women on her native island of Lesbos, she mainly wrote love poems in her local dialect (the term sapphics is used for verse in a metre associated with her). Many of her poems express her affection and love for women, and have given rise to her association with female homosexuality, from which the words lesbian and sapphic in this sense derive.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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