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Little is known for certain about her life, except that her poetry was highly thought of. Unfortunately, most of it has been lost.
Sappho's poetry centers on passion and love for various people and both genders. The narrators of her poems often speak of infatuations and love for various females. Descriptions of physical acts between women are few and open to debate. Whether these poems are meant to be autobiographical is not known, although elements of other parts of Sappho's life do make appearances in her work.
- Denys Page, Sappho and Alcaeus, Oxford UP, 1959, pp. 142-146.
- Campbell D.A. (ed) 1982. Greek Lyric 1: Sappho and Alcaeus. Loeb Classical Library #142. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-99157-5. Contains complete Greek text of poems and fragments; and all references to Sappho by ancient authors which were were known at the time, with English translations.
- Burnett, Anne Pippin 1983. Three archaic poets: Archilochus, Alcaeus, Sappho. Harvard.
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- Sappho : the "Brothers poem" (discov. 2014) (text, transl., audio, recited in Greek by Ioannis Stratakis)