As well as lyric poetry, three epigrams attributed to Sappho are preserved, but these are in fact Hellenistic imitations. She was from a wealthy family from Lesbos, though the names of both of her parents are uncertain.
Ancient sources say that she had three brothers; the names of two of them are mentioned in the Brothers Poem discovered in 2014.
Although Sappho's work endured well into Roman times, her work was copied less and less as interests, styles, and aesthetics changed, especially after the academies stopped requiring her study.
Part of the reason for her disappearance from the standard canon was the predominance of Attic and Homeric Greek as the languages required to be studied.
Little is known about Sappho's life for certain – so little that Monique Wittig and Sande Zeig's Lesbian Peoples: Material for a Dictionary contains an entire page for the entry on Sappho, deliberately left blank.