cily, perhaps to escape the political persecutions that prevailed in the island.
It is not necessary to assume that she had reached an advanced age when she spoke of herself as one of the elders,
gerai/tera inasmuch as people are quite as likely to use that term of mild self-reproach while young enough for somebody to contradict them.
It is hard to ascertain whether she possessed beauty even in her prime.
Tradition represents her as having been little and dark, but tradition describes Cleopatra in the same way; and we should clearly lose much from history by ignoring all the execution done by small brunettes.
The Greek Anthology describes her as the pride of the lovely-haired Lesbianis ; Plato calls her the beautiful Sappho or the fair Sappho,
*sapfou=s th=s kalh=s. Phaedr.
24. Homer celebrates the beauty of the Lesbian women in his day. Iliad, 9.129, 271.--as you please to render the phrase more or less ardently,--and Plutarch and Athenaeus use similar epithets.
But when Pr