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Works: 371 works in 973 publications in 10 languages and 26,157 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Musical settings  Biography  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Music  Songs  Live sound recordings  Art music  Symphonies 
Subject Headings: Lesbians 
Roles: Author, Librettist, Bibliographic antecedent, Lyricist, Other
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 )

7 editions published between 1952 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 1,206 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 343 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 277 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 224 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
Cinque frammenti di Saffo : per una voce e orchestra da camera by Luigi Dallapiccola( )

13 editions published between 1943 and 1996 in 5 languages and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetarum Lesbiorum fragmenta by Edgar Lobel( Book )

18 editions published between 1955 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

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

36 editions published between 1567 and 1990 in 6 languages and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 125 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

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

2 editions published in 1923 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poem ; Songs ; Legong dreams ; Three rhapsodies( Recording )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sappho songs : op. 87, a song cycle for two female voices and violoncello by Daron Hagen( )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four madrigals for mixed chorus a cappella, SATB by Ned Rorem( )

3 editions published in 1948 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To touch the sky ; If I were a swan ; Symphony no. 4 : "From Mission San Juan" by Kevin Puts( Recording )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems and fragments by Sappho( Book )

19 editions published between 1916 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 53 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 GreeksSappho and the Virgin Mary : same-sex love and the English literary imagination