- Awed By Her Splendor Awed by her splendor stars near the ...
- On What Is Best Some celebrate the beauty of knights, or ...
- He Is More Than A Hero He is more than a hero he is a god ...
- Cleis Sleep, darling I have a small daughter called Cleis,...
- Blame Aphrodite It's no use Mother dear, I can't finish ...
- You May Forget But You may forget but let me tell you ...
- Before They Were Mothers
The only contemporary source which refers to Sappho's life is her own body of poetry, and scholars are skeptical of biographical readings of it. Later biographical traditions, from which all more detailed accounts derive, have also been cast into doubt.
An Oxyrhynchus papyrus from around AD 200 and the Suda agree that Sappho had a mother called Cleïs and a daughter by the same name. Two preserved fragments of Sappho's poetry refer to a Cleïs. In fragment 98, Sappho addresses Cleïs, saying that she has no way of obtaining a decorated headband for her. Fragment 132 reads in full: "I have a beautiful child who looks like golden flowers, my darling Cleis, for whom I would not ... more »
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Awed By Her Splendor
Awed by her splendor
stars near the lovely
moon cover their own
is roundest and lights
earth with her silver