Might invective within the body of Sappho’s poetry also play a part? Fr. 55 ‘κατθάνοισα δὲ κείσεαι … οὐ γὰρ πεδέχεις ῥόδων | τῶν ἐκ Πιερίας is hard talk, and we can’t trust its quoters enough to exclude the possibility that the anger was sexually motivated.

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