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Headword: *sapfw/
Adler number: sigma,108
Translated headword: Sappho
Vetting Status: high
A woman of Lesbos, from Mytilene;[1] a harp-player.[2] This woman threw herself into the sea from the cliff of Leukates for love of Phaon of Mytilene.[3] Certain people have written that there is lyric poetry by her too.
Greek Original:
*sapfw/, *lesbi/a e)k *mitulh/nhs, ya/ltria. au(/th di' e)/rwta *fa/wnos tou= *mitulhnai/ou e)k tou= *leuka/tou katepo/ntwsen e(auth/n. tine\s de\ kai\ tau/ths ei)=nai lurikh\n a)ne/grayan poi/hsin.
[1] See already sigma 107. This "'other Sappho' was almost certainly the invention of a scholar who wished to save S.'s reputation" (David A. Campbell, ed. and trans. Greek Lyric I: Sappho and Alcaeus. Loeb Classical Library. Harvard University Press, 1982, p. 7). Manuscript A (Parisinus 2626), the oldest Suda manuscript, omits this entire entry, and Manuscript F (Cod.Laur.55,1) contains only the first sentence.
[2] "Harp-player" translates psaltria, in contrast to lyrike (lyre-player) in sigma 107.
[3] See further at phi 89. There the location is called the White (Leukas) Cliff, a name perhaps prompted by one of her own poems; see M.R. Lefkowitz, The Lives of the Greek Poets (London 1981) 37.
Keywords: biography; gender and sexuality; geography; meter and music; poetry; women
Translated by: Elizabeth Vandiver on 21 November 1998@13:29:28.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; added keywords; cosmetics) on 21 May 2001@11:15:05.
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added italics; cosmetics) on 14 February 2005@21:45:29.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 7 April 2008@19:18:58.
David Whitehead (tweak; raised status) on 22 December 2013@05:01:28.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 4 October 2014@00:57:42.


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