• Alcaeus, Ancient poet
  • Stratis Myrivilis, Novelist
  • Odysseas Elytis, Nobel laureate poet
  • Georgios Iakovidis, Painter
  • Theofilos Hatzimihail, Folk painter
  • Theophrastus, Ancient philosopher
  • Arion, Ancient poet
  • Elias Venezis, Novelist
  • Loukas Geralis, Painter
  • Sappho, Αncient lyric poet

Sappho (/ˈsæfoʊ/; Attic Greek Σαπφώ [sapːʰɔ̌ː], Aeolic Greek Ψάπφω, Psappho [psápːʰɔː]) was a Greek lyric poet, so greatly admired in Antiquity that she was called ‘the Poetess’ in the same way that Homer was ‘the Poet’. Indeed, in Phaedrus, Plato qualifies her as being wise, while according to an epigram ascribed to him in the Anthologia Palatina, he called her the tenth Muse. Little is really known of Sappho’s life, other than that she was born in Eressos, on Lesbos, between 630 and 612 BC and died circa 570 BC, meaning that she was a contemporary of fellow poet Alcaeus (or Alkaios) and of tyrant Pittacus of Mytilene. The only contemporary documentation of Sappho’s life is her own verse, written to be accompanied by the lyre (hence lyric) with music of her own composition. Yet, although it is estimated to have been the length of half The Iliad, today only fragments of that body of work survive. Her work comprises hymns to deities, wedding songs – and the love poems we spontaneously associate her name with.

Mountain wind
(Ed 42b)
Just as the wind in the mountains
blows the oaks asunder,
so did Eros blow my mind.
It's all Greek to me..!
Philoxenía = philó + xénos (to love the stranger or foreigner) meaning the openhearted welcome and hospitality offered to visitors and strangers. In Antiquity, Zeus Xenios, one of the epithets attributed to Jupiter, was the patron god of strangers/travellers.

To you Lesbos brings to mind...
“Lesbos is the poetry of Sappho and the beauty of its pristine and tormented coasts.”
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