According to a tradition going back at least to Menander, but without any historical merit, Sappho killed herself by jumping off the Leucadian cliffs for unrequited love of Phaon, a ferryman.

In the 19th century, this story became the topic of a drama by Franz Grillparzer and several paintings. Here is one from the beginning of the century by Pierre-Narcisse Guérin, later examples are by Theodore Chasseriau, who treated the topic at least twice, or Ernst Stückelberg.

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