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Works: 370 works in 1,041 publications in 14 languages and 30,499 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Musical settings  Biography  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Music  Love poetry  Parodies, imitations, etc  Chamber music  Songs 
Roles: Author, Librettist, Other, Lyricist
Classifications: PA4408.E5, 884.2
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Most widely held works about Sappho
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Most widely held works by Sappho
Sappho by Sappho( Book )

16 editions published between 1938 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 1,214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Keuze uit het werk van de Griekse dichteres (600 v.Chr.) met vertaling
In shadow, in light : music of Steven Stucky by Steven Stucky( )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poetry of Sappho by Sappho( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Today, thousands of years after her birth, in lands remote from her native island of Lesbos and in languages that did not exist when she wrote her poetry in Aeolic Greek, Sappho remains an important name among lovers of poetry and poets alike, . Celebrated throughout antiquity as the supreme Greek poet of love and of the personal lyric, noted especially for her limpid fusion of formal poise, lucid insight, and incandescent passion, today her poetry is also prized for its uniquely vivid participation in a living paganism. Collected in an edition of nine scrolls by scholars in the second century BC, Sappho's poetry largely disappeared when the Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople in 1204. All that remained was one poem and a handful of quoted passages . A century ago papyrus fragments recovered in Egypt added a half dozen important texts to Sappho's surviving works. In 2004 a new complete poem was deciphered and published. By far the most significant discovery in a hundred years, it offers a new and tellingly different example of Sappho's poetic art and reveals another side of the poet, thinking about aging and about the transmission of culture from one generation to the next. Jim Powell's translations represent a unique combination of poetic mastery in English verse and a deep schlolarly engagement with Sappho's ancient Greek. They are incomparably faithful to the literal sense of the Greek poems and, simultaneously, to their forms, preserving the original meters and stanzas while exactly replicating the dramatic action of their sequences of disclosure and the passionate momentum of their sentences. Powell's translations have often been anthologized and selected for use in textbooks, winning recognition among discerning readers as far the best versions in English
Messa di requiem ; Tre composizioni corali ; Due composizioni corali by Ildebrando Pizzetti( )

2 editions published in 1991 in Latin and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancient and modern images of Sappho : translations and studies in archaic Greek love lyric by Jeffrey M Duban( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kleemation ; and other works by Elizabeth Vercoe( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The songs of Sappho by Sappho( Book )

8 editions published between 1891 and 1942 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De meeste gedichten in verschillende vertaalversies onder elkaar
Another sleep : nineteen songs for medium voice and piano by Ned Rorem( )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

LA variations ; Five images after Sappho ; Giro ; Mania ; Gambit by Esa-Pekka Salonen( Recording )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cinque frammenti di Saffo : per una voce e orchestra da camera by Luigi Dallapiccola( )

1 edition published in 1943 in Italian and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sappho : one hundred lyrics by Bliss Carman( Book )

18 editions published between 1904 and 1930 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sketches of Greece by Stella Doufexis( )

4 editions published in 2006 in German and French and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irreveries from Sappho by Elizabeth Vercoe( )

10 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetarum Lesbiorum fragmenta by Edgar Lobel( Book )

2 editions published between 1955 and 1963 in Greek, Ancient and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek and Latin anthology thought into English verse by W Stebbing( Book )

2 editions published in 1923 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Gedichte Anakreons und der Sappho; Oden by Johann Nikolaus Götz( Book )

6 editions published between 1586 and 1970 in 4 languages and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poesie by Sappho( Book )

28 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les poésies d'Anacréon et de Sapho by Anacreon( Book )

20 editions published between 1681 and 1716 in 3 languages and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anakreontos Tēiou Melē : Anacreontis Teii Carmina by Anacreon( Book )

34 editions published between 1676 and 1776 in 5 languages and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poems of Sappho; an interpretative rendition into English by John Myers O'Hara( Book )

6 editions published between 1907 and 2013 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an early 20th century attempt to weave the fragments of Sappho into a set of complete poems. The translator is building on the consensus view of Sappho at the time
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Alternative Names


Saffo, ca. 600 v.Chr.


Safo de Lesbos

Safo de Mitilene


Safu, ca. 600 v.Chr.



Sapfo, ca. 600 v.Chr.


Sapho, ca. 600 v.Chr.



Sappho Lyrica

Sappho, van Lesbos, ca. 600 v.Chr.


Sapphus, ca. 600 v.Chr.









사포 (시인)



萨福, ca. 600 v.Chr.

The poetry of SapphoPoems and fragmentsArt & lies : a piece for three voices and a bawdSappho's lyre : archaic lyric and women poets of ancient GreeceFictions of Sappho, 1546-19377 GreeksNotes on thought and vision : &, The wise Sappho