History Creator / Sappho

10th Jan '15 2:23:34 AM LordGro
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The identification of the Pompeii fresco that shows a young woman holding a stylus as Sappho is unfounded. As explained here, it shows a 1st century Roman woman, probably a portrait.
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8th Jan '14 2:59:57 AM LongLiveHumour
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-->--attributed to '''{{Plato}}'''
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-->--attributed to '''{{Plato}}''' '''Creator/{{Plato}}'''
30th Mar '13 11:31:50 AM Deusirae76
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30th Mar '13 11:29:24 AM Deusirae76
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Sappho (c. 630-570 BC) was born on the Greek island of Lesbos, about 2700 years ago. It's hard to overstate her reputation in the ancient world: she was on the Greek curriculum of classics for a ''thousand'' years[[note]]Creator/WilliamShakespeare: 400 years so far[[/note]], and there's basically no reference to her that isn't along the lines of "[[SugarWiki/GushingAboutShowsYouLike is completely fucking awesome]]," which in and of itself is impressive, given the Greeks were some of the biggest Misogynists of the Ancient World.
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Sappho '''Sappho''' (c. 630-570 BC) was born on the Greek island of Lesbos, about 2700 years ago. It's hard to overstate her reputation in the ancient world: she was on the Greek curriculum of classics for a ''thousand'' years[[note]]Creator/WilliamShakespeare: 400 years so far[[/note]], and there's basically no reference to her that isn't along the lines of "[[SugarWiki/GushingAboutShowsYouLike is completely fucking awesome]]," which in and of itself is impressive, given the Greeks were some of the biggest Misogynists of the Ancient World.
14th Aug '12 1:46:58 AM FELH2
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Sappho (c. 630-570 BC) was born on the Greek island of Lesbos, about 2700 years ago. It's hard to overstate her reputation in the ancient world: she was on the Greek curriculum of classics for a ''thousand'' years[[hottip:*:{{Shakespeare}}: 400 years so far]], and there's basically no reference to her that isn't along the lines of "[[SugarWiki/GushingAboutShowsYouLike is completely fucking awesome]]," which in and of itself is impressive, given the Greeks were some of the biggest Misogynists of the Ancient World.
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Sappho (c. 630-570 BC) was born on the Greek island of Lesbos, about 2700 years ago. It's hard to overstate her reputation in the ancient world: she was on the Greek curriculum of classics for a ''thousand'' years[[hottip:*:{{Shakespeare}}: years[[note]]Creator/WilliamShakespeare: 400 years so far]], far[[/note]], and there's basically no reference to her that isn't along the lines of "[[SugarWiki/GushingAboutShowsYouLike is completely fucking awesome]]," which in and of itself is impressive, given the Greeks were some of the biggest Misogynists of the Ancient World.

These days, Sappho isn't known so much for her poetry as for her association with female homosexuality: her native island, Lesbos, is the [[TropeNamer source of the word]] "lesbian"; for which "sapphic" sometimes turns up as an archaic synonym.
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These days, Sappho isn't known so much for her poetry as for her association with female homosexuality: her native island, Lesbos, is the [[TropeNamer source of the word]] "lesbian"; for which "sapphic" sometimes turns up as an archaic synonym. synonym.
12th Apr '12 12:01:11 PM MarkLungo
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-->''"Some say the muses number nine--'' -->''How careless!'' -->''Behold, Sappho of Lesbos: the tenth."'' -->--attributed to '''Plato'''
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-->''"Some ->''"Some say the muses number nine--'' -->''How ->''How careless!'' -->''Behold, ->''Behold, Sappho of Lesbos: the tenth."'' -->--attributed to '''Plato''' '''{{Plato}}'''
29th Mar '12 1:14:57 AM LordGro
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In reality, no one knows much about Sappho's life, much less her sex life. Love was a frequent subject of her work, some of her love-poems were addressed to women, and scholars aren't sure how much of her work is autobiographical. There's no particular reason to assume any of it ''is'' autobiographical--after all, people today don't think the lyrics to a song necessarily reflect the songwriter's sexuality--but no reason to assume it isn't, either. All anyone can agree on is that she's one of the most important poets who ever lived, and arguably the TropeMaker, or at least TropeCodifier, for many of the concepts of romantic love in western culture (At the very least, she is, by far, the earliest surviving example of such tropes, and Catallus, another writer who described similar feelings, used the name "Lesbia" as a pseudonym for his lover).
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In reality, no one knows much about Sappho's life, much less her sex life. Love was a frequent subject of her work, some of her love-poems were addressed to women, and scholars aren't sure how much of her work is autobiographical. There's no particular reason to assume any of it ''is'' autobiographical--after all, people today don't think the lyrics to a song necessarily reflect the songwriter's sexuality--but no reason to assume it isn't, either. All anyone can agree on is that she's one of the most important poets who ever lived, and arguably the TropeMaker, or at least TropeCodifier, for many of the concepts of romantic love in western culture (At the very least, she is, by far, the earliest surviving example of such tropes, and Catallus, {{Catullus}}, another writer who described similar feelings, used the name "Lesbia" as a pseudonym for his lover).
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