THE archaic head of Sappho reproduced on the cover of this volume is taken from a nearly contemporary vase, inscribed with her name, which is now in Paris, the property of Prince Czartoryski (De Witte, Antiquités conservées à l'Hotel Lambert, pl. 3).
The frontispiece is reproduced from a figure of Sappho, seated and reading, on a vase in the museum at Athens. [Dumont et Chaplain, Céramiques,pl. 6.] Part of her name S A Γ is given. The manuscript in her hands has been read as follows : θεοί, ἠερίων ἐπέων ἄρχομαι ἄγγ[ελος] ν[έων] ὕ[μ]ν[ων. The date of this vase is about 420 B.C. Through the kindness of Mr. Murray of the British Museum I have been enabled to select these illustrations.
The Greek text followed is that of Bergk in his Poetce Lyrici Græci.
I take this opportunity of expressing my indebtedness to Dr. Wharton's Sappho, A Memoir and Translation, a work which will be found of the highest value by those who desire to obtain a vivid impression of the personality, the influence, and the environment of the poet.