There seem to have been two Greek poetesses of this name.
1. A contemporary and friend of Sappho (about B. C. 612), who died at the age of nineteen, but left behind her poems which were thought worthy to rank with those of Homer. Her poems were of the epic class: the chief of them was entitled *)Hlaka/th, the Distaff : it consisted of three hundred lines, of which only four are extant. (Stob. Flor. 118.4; Athen. 7.283d.; Bergk, Poet. Lyr. Graec. p. 632.)
It was written in a dialect which was a mixture of the Doric and Aeolic, and which was spoken at Rhodes, where, or in the adjacent island of Telos, Erinna was born.
She is also called a Lesbian and a Mytilenaean, on account of her residence in Lesbos with Sappho. (Suidas, s.v. Eustath. ad Il. 2.726, p. 326.)
There are several epigrams upon Erinna, in which her praise is celebrated, and her untimely death is lamented. (Brunck, Anal. vol.i.p.241,n. 81,p.218,n. 35,vol.ii. p. 19,n. 47, vol. iii. p. 261, n. 523,524,