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The lyric poet Sappho wrote her poems in the service of Aphrodite, favouring themes of love and beauty. While scholars have frequently discussed the priority of desire (eros) within her poetry, analysis of beauty qua beauty has remained but a footnote. This thesis studies Sappho’s use of the word ‘beautiful’ (kalos) which holds together in meaning both physical attractiveness and ethical virtue. Her use of natural imagery, as an adjacent aesthetic language, creates a paradisiacal space for contemplation. Objects of adornment are instrumental to remembering youth and love. Moments of beauty become a space for reflection and song.