It’s Valentines Day and a perfect reason to celebrate #PowerWoman and poetess Sappho! Born in Lesbos, Greece around 615 BC, she was critically acclaimed in her time and ran a school for unmarried women devoted to the cult of Aphrodite and Eros. We know little about her, possibly because religious forces were compelled to destroy the work of a “sex-crazed whore who sings of her own wantonness”. Thankfully, glimpses of her “sublime” literary style that honors (or subverts) conventions of marriage, love and sexuality survive. Her poetry about Eros spoke equally to men and women. Lesbian or not, it is wonderful to think of Sappho as member of an ancient sisterhood of Feminists!
This fresco from Pompeii, dated 55-79 AD, is a portrait of a girl from a cultured, wealthy family. While there is no reference to her identity, she became known as Sappho, merely because the girl is holding tablets and a stylus. We LOVE her all the same! @MuseoArcheologicoNapoli @UnescoWorldHeritage