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Before it was discovered that Bilitis was a hoax, it was presumed that she was the lesbian lover, and fellow poet, of Sappho.

Illustration from original Bilitis publication

Bilitis, the Sappho Hoax

Bilitis said she knew Sappho, truly one of the greatest lesbian love poets who ever existed.  She claimed to be a contemporary, a confidant of Sappho.  And she wrote some of the most lurid lesbian poetry yet written. All of this was quite scandalous in 19th century Paris, a city known for accommodating lovers. You […]

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