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Sappho & Alcaeus

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Sappho and Alcaeus were both contemporaries, natives of Mytilene on Lesbos, and aristocrats affected by local power struggles, but beyond that, they had little in common -- except the most important: a gift for writing lyric poetry. In explanation for their remarkable talent it was said that when Orpheus (the father of songs) was torn to pieces by the Thracian women, his head and lyre were carried to and buried on Lesbos.