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Born about 630 B.C on the Greek island of Lesbos, Sappho was one of the most prominent and recognized poets of ancient Greece. Her work contains themes of marriage, love, sexuality, and most notably, lesbianism between young girls. The word “lesbian” is actually derived from Lesbos, her homeland. Many find surprising that a woman in ancient Greece could be able to achieve muse status writing works of high eroticism; additionally, if she, a woman, became so widespread, then how come she is one of the only ones? Well, much of Sappho’s work remains lost; all of what we can gather from her life is taken from the fragments of her recovered poetry, and comments made by critics and historians. Athenaeus, a Greek rhetorician, wrote that Sappho often praised Larichus (her youngest brother) for pouring wine in the town hall of Mytilene, an office held by boys of the best families; this would indicate that Sappho was born in aristocracy, making it easier for her to become recognized by the masses, and winning priority over the common people.
Despite being well known for her homoerotic work, Sappho wrote about men as well, as seen in the following fragment of a recovered poem.
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