Sappho may have been any or all of these at some point in her life. Now try to psychoanalyze Shakespeare from those fragments. Several others are mentioned who died from the leap, including a certain iambographer Charinos who expired only after being fished out of the water with a broken leg, but not before blurting out his four last iambic trimeters, painfully preserved for us with the compliments of Ptolemaios and Photius as well. We simply don't know. And the Trojans joined mules to smooth-running carriages. The Bilitis hoax which, although purely a male fantasy, has literary merits in its own right took Europe by storm.
But you hate the very thought of me, Atthis.
To a slender shoot, I most liken you. And when the maidens stood around the altar As for the military angle, in one of the longer fragments 3 she says: To what shall I compare you, dear bridegroom? There is evidence in several of the poems that Sappho may have been part of a circle of women who were priestesses of the goddess Aphrodite, which in that time and place may have implied ritual prostitution.