Born: 630 BC
Born In: Lesbos, Greece
Sappho was a lyric poet from the island of Lesbos who lived in Archaic Greece. In ancient times, she was considered one of the greatest lyric poets and was granted monikers like "Tenth Muse" and "The Poetess". Most of Sappho’s poetry has not been found, save for one complete poem: the ‘Ode to Aphrodite’. According to ancient commenters, Sappho also composed elegiac and iambic poetry alongside lyric poetry. Not much is known about her life. She grew up in an affluent family. Ancient sources agree that she was brought up alongside three brothers. Around 600 BC, she and her family were forced to leave Lesbos. They subsequently began residing in Syracuse, Sicily. Sappho kept on composing poems until around 570 BC. The stories about her love for the ferryman Phaon and her death are probably not true. She wrote about 10,000 lines and was counted among the canon of nine most highly regarded lyric poets by scholars of Hellenistic Alexandria. Even in modern times, her poetry has found relevance and readership. Furthermore, she has come to be seen as a symbol of love and desire between women.