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Post  AgathonZante on Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:18 am

Was Sappho, the female poet of Aphrodite, deified after her death?
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Re: Sappho

Post  Erodius on Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:59 am

Sappho was almost certainly given worship as a divine/inspired poet. She was revered all across Lesbos island especially.

Shrines for poets would not typically have been given their own freestanding temples. However, it would be very common for temples dedicated to the Muses to have within them smaller niche shrines in the walls for a variety of poets and/or famous artists (nearly all of whose works are, unfortunately, lost).

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