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Ancient authors synchronized Sappho with the Egyptian pharaohs Mycerinus, Amasis and Psammetichus, the Lydian king Alyattes, the tyrant Pittacus of Lesbos, and with the poets Alcaeus,Anacreon,Archilochus, Stesichorus and Hipponax, placing her therefore in a time span between ca. 2500 BC and the second part of the sixth century BC. The tradition about Mytilene as Sappho's home town is attested in the Classical sources, and may well be a historical fact known to biographers since Sappho's life-time. There are two stories connecting Sappho with the western parts of the Greek world: the story of her death in Leucadia, and the account of her exile in Sicily. Sappho's tradition has continued to develop even in the recent past, as modern commentators while examining the papyri found in Egypt have supplied letters and sometimes words in them.

Keywords: Sappho; Mytilene; Greek world



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