Sappho poem discovered

// 24 June 2005

A new 101 word poem by the Ancient Greek poet Sappho has been discovered, the Guardian reports today.

The 2.600 year old poem, only the fourth ever recovered, was found in “the cartonnage of an Egyptian mummy, the flexible layer of fibre or papyrus which was moulded while wet into a plaster-like surface around the irregular parts of a mummified wrapped body, so that motifs could be painted on”.

It was found to match up with fragments found in an ancient Egyptian rubbish tip in 1922. The Times Literary Supplement is publishing the full poem, along with a commentary by Martin West, a well respected expert in Greek lyrical poetry.

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