Whatever its make-up, the Alexandrian edition of Sappho probably grouped her poems by their metre: ancient sources tell us that each of the first three books contained poems in a single specific metre.
Ancient editions of Sappho, possibly starting with the Alexandrian edition, seem to have ordered the poems in at least the first book of Sappho's poetry – which contained works composed in Sapphic stanzas – alphabetically.
Sappho's poetry is still considered extraordinary and her works continue to influence other writers.
Beyond her poetry, she is well known as a symbol of love and desire between women.
Three epigrams attributed to Sappho are extant, but these are actually Hellenistic imitations of Sappho's style. She was from a wealthy family from Lesbos, though the names of both of her parents are uncertain.
Ancient sources say that she had three brothers; the names of two of them are mentioned in the Brothers Poem discovered in 2014.
Not all scholars accept that Cleïs was Sappho's daughter.Only approximately 650 lines of Sappho's poetry still survive, of which just one poem – the "Ode to Aphrodite" – is complete, and more than half of the original lines survive in around ten more fragments.Many of the surviving fragments of Sappho contain only a single word The two major sources of surviving fragments of Sappho are quotations in other ancient works, from a whole poem to as little as a single word, and fragments of papyrus, many of which were discovered at Oxyrhynchus in Egypt.no trace of Sappho the principal of an academy." and despite scholars' best attempts to find one, Yatromanolakis argues that there is no single performance context to which all of Sappho's poems can be attributed.Parker argues that Sappho should be considered as part of a group of female friends for whom she would have performed, just as her contemporary Alcaeus is.