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Updated: Feb 2

The research into the complexity of human relations and the historical context of sapphic love is indeed fascinating. The ancient Greek poet Sappho, from the island of Lesbos, is an iconic figure in this regard. She is often associated with the expression of female homoerotic desire, though interpretations of her life and work vary greatly among scholars.

Sappho's poetry, much of which has been lost or survives only in fragments, often addresses themes of love and passion for both genders.

However, her poems about women are particularly notable for their emotional intensity and vivid depiction of affection and longing. Some of these poems involve references to or are dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite, the deity of love and beauty in Greek mythology. This intertwining of divine and mortal love in her work highlights a complex understanding of human relationships and sexuality.

Regarding the notion of Sapphic love being used to "prime the youth to sexuality," it's important to note that our understanding of ancient Greek social practices and norms comes from a combination of literary sources, historical texts, and archaeological evidence, all of which can be subject to various interpretations. In ancient Greece, the concept of sexuality was quite different from today's understandings. Relationships between older and younger individuals, especially in the context of mentorship or education, were common, and often involved an element of emotional or physical intimacy.

However, applying modern concepts of sexuality and consent to interpret ancient relationships can be problematic due to the vastly different cultural and social norms of the time. It's also crucial to remember that much of what is known about Sappho and her era comes from sources written centuries later, which may reflect more about the time in which they were written than about Sappho's own time.

In summary, Sappho's work and the myths surrounding her life offer a rich tapestry for understanding ancient perspectives on love, including same-sex relationships. However, any conclusions drawn must be tempered by the understanding that ancient Greek society was fundamentally different from modern societies, and interpretations of historical figures and practices must be approached with caution and an awareness of potential anachronisms.

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