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by Archaeology Newsroom

Phaethon, Sappho’s Phaon, and the White Rock of Leukas

Sappho identifies herself with Aphrodite and Phaon with Phaethon. By diving from the White Rock of Leukas, she does what Aphrodite does in the form of the evening star, diving after the sunken sun in order, next morning, as the morning star, to bring him back from the dead in pursuit of her.