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The death of Sappho, the Eresian

One of the myths surrounding the death of the poetess Sappho is that of her love for Phaon.  According to the myth, Phaon was a very unattractive but goodhearted boatman, who was carrying passengers from Lesvos to Minor Asia.  One day Goddess Aphrodite in order to test Phaon’s kindness put on the guise of an old woman and asked Phaon to ferry her across Minor Asia.  Phaon as kind as always willingly accepted, receiving no money for that.  In return Goddess Aphrodite turned him into a very handsome and young man,
who captivated the love of all women.

One of the women that fell in love with Phaon is said to be Sappho.  She was so in love with him that when Phaon didn’t find any interest for her anymore, Sappho left Lesvos and headed to Sicily.  When the ship arrived in Lefkada for supplies and trading, Sappho threw herself off a cliff.  The rock is known as Sappho’s leap and has inspired many famous writers and poets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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