"Hymn to Aphrodite"

circa 600 BCE - 570 BCE

Why is it canonical?

Sappho was widely renowned as one of the greatest lyric poets in Greek civilization. Although she wrote many poems, the "Hymn to Aphrodite" is the only full, extant poem that remains, and is an exemplar of her work and of Greek lyric poetry.

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Sappho from Pompeii


The original Greek text of "Hymn to Aphrodite" with various translations.

Elizabeth Vandiver's translation of "Hymn to Aphrodite"