Sappho's Words: a Dictionary and Special Word Lists

Sappho's Body, Mind and Soul: all the words Sappho uses to describe the body, mind and soul (hers and that of others (with cross references to the poems in which they are used)).

Sappho's Garden: all the words Sappho uses in referring to plants, flowers and fruits (with PICTURES of course!).

I am working on a comprehensive Greek-English Dictionary of all of words used by Sappho.  The current draft can be found here.

A useful online etymological resource is here.  There are more recent etymological studies of ancient Greek but I do not think they are available online.

There are 3 reasons for this:

1.  Detailed analysis of individual words proves to be a surprisingly rewarding way to appreciate Sappho.

2.  Sappho was unique and innovative: a few words are found only in Sappho.  Some fragments survive because they are citations by others of Sappho's choice of unusual words (S. 126) or usage of common words in unusual ways (S. 142).  In particular Sappho's usage of some terms anticipates developments that are otherwise considered to have come much later than her.  See the entries for poieo (the verb from which poetry derives), sophia (wisdom) and psucha (soul).  The online version of Liddell Scott is a useful supplement but please note that the few times Sappho is cited for her usage relates to Bergk and/or early 20th century papyrus finds.

3. Comparative linguists have increasingly emphasized the extent to which female use of language differs from that of men.  This has only recently begun to be explored as it relates to Sappho (see A. Lardinois, Keening Sappho).  It is yet another reason to have a dictionary devoted to Sappho's Greek.