WorldCat Identities


Works: 408 works in 1,239 publications in 14 languages and 30,202 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Musical settings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Songs  Variations (Music)  Music  Parodies, imitations, etc  Love poetry  Art music  Song cycles 
Subject Headings: Lesbians 
Roles: Author, Librettist, Lyricist, Other, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PA4408.E5, 884.01
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Most widely held works about Sappho
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Most widely held works by Sappho
Sappho by Sappho( Book )

19 editions published between 1938 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,241 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 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poetry of Sappho by Sappho( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 337 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 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alcée. Sapho by Alcaeus( Book )

37 editions published between 1937 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 248 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 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems of sheer nothingness : vocal music by Aaron Helgeson( )

2 editions published in 2016 in Provenal and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kleemation ; and other works by Elizabeth Vercoe( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The woman and the hare by Harrison Birtwistle( )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetarum Lesbiorum fragmenta by Edgar Lobel( Book )

21 editions published between 1955 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The songs of Sappho by Sappho( Book )

9 editions published between 1891 and 1962 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De meeste gedichten in verschillende vertaalversies onder elkaar
Cinque frammenti di Saffo : per una voce e orchestra da camera by Luigi Dallapiccola( )

15 editions published between 1943 and 1996 in 5 languages and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sappho et Alcaeus by Sappho( Book )

18 editions published in 1971 in 6 languages and held by 149 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 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entr'actes and Sappho fragments by Harrison Birtwistle( )

10 editions published between 1965 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sappho : one hundred lyrics by Bliss Carman( Book )

20 editions published between 1904 and 1930 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sketches of Greece by Stella Doufexis( )

4 editions published in 2006 in German and French and held by 89 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 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anacreontis, quae feruntur, carmina, Sapphus et Erinnae fragmenta by Anacreon( Book )

12 editions published in 1826 in 3 languages and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

24 editions published between 1681 and 1882 in 3 languages and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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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