Category Archives: Sappho

Sappho Fragment 58 (Contributed by Andrew Bellon)

Some of the text was newly recovered from a Cologne University scroll. The scroll was used as Egyptian mummy cartonnage and is the earliest known Sappho text, written some 300 years after her death. Nearly the whole poem has been recovered by combining other fragments, known since 1922. This process of recovering lost texts is […]

Sappho Fragment 2, ‘The apple grove’ (Contributed by Andrew Bellon)

The musical language of this fragment has always haunted me, especially the second stanza. The ἐν δ’ ὔδωρ ψῦχρον κελάδει δι’ ὔσδων μαλίνων, creates a startling and sonorous spatial depth that for me is one of the most remarkable lines in Greek poetry. Andrew Bellon      …ὀρράνοθεν …κατίοι[σα δεῦρυ μ†μ’ ἐς Κρητας .π[ ]ναῦον […]

Sappho and the Moon (contributed by Terry Walsh)

Sappho, the mystical poetess of the 7th century BC, has some beautiful lyrics about the night. The Moon was believed by the ancients to be the controller of all things feminine. These may be fragments, but they are striking and beautiful nonetheless, as when one comes upon an unexpected ruin on a small Greek island. […]

Sappho Fragment 31 (contributed by Mariangela Labate)

This is one of the most appreciated poems of classical antiquity; in fact it has been imitated and revised by many poets (see Catullus, Carmina 51). The first lines of the poem represent an intimate conversation between a girl and a man; in the second part Sappho describes the devastating effects of love. We don’t […]