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Anactoria

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Yes, Atthis, you may be sure

Even in Sardis
Anactoria will think often of us

of the life we shared here, when you seemed
the Goddess incarnate
to her and your singing pleased her best

Now among Lydian women she in her

turn stands first as the red-
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M C 22 August 2012

I love Barnard's translations of Sappho. I think they are among the most lucid, deeply affecting poems in the English language.

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Adam Richards 14 June 2010

This is a beautiful poem, but please be aware that it is not an accurate translation. Anactoria is never mentioned in the existing fragment, and the first line (among other things) is a fabrication. The translator has taken the liberty of filling in the missing parts, which is not a problem as long as you don't need to cite it.

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Cyrina Moon 28 July 2007

One of the most hauntingly beautiful poems ever written. O Sappho. Your words rush over me as the speed of time.

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