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Sapfídha (Σαπφίδα)

The Greek word Sapfídha (Σαπφίδα), whose translation into the English language is Sapphic, is a term used to name lesbian people in the same way as the expression sapphism is used to refer to lesbianism. The term Sapfídha was originated from the name of a famous woman, the poet Sappho from Mytilene, also known as Sappho of Lesbos since she lived on that Greek island between the 650/610 and 580 B.C. Only fragments of his work and some poems are preserved, especially by the echo of her works made by later authors. Unlike other poets, Sappho focused his work on the sensitivity, the beauty, and her inner world. The fact that she belonged to an institution that preparing girls for marriage and thereafter, she founded House of the Servants of the Muses, where her disciples learn to recite poetry, singing, and to make wreaths and flower pendant, makes to deduct from his poems that Sappho fell in love with her disciples and maintained relations with many of them. However, despite the few data we have about his life and the controversy over the object of his poems, she has become a symbol of the love between women, which moves between myth and reality.



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