A case in point is the latest pressgasm currently making the rounds about how scientists have “proven” what date Sappho’s was written.
While it's impressive to figure out the date the poem was written, the team's discovery sheds more light on Sappho herself.
“Estimations had been made for the timing of this poem in the past, but we were able to scientifically confirm the season that corresponds to her specific descriptions of the night sky in the year 570 B.
C.”Cuntz and co-author and astronomer Levent Gurdemir, director of the Planetarium at UTA, used advanced software called Starry Night version 7.3, to identify the earliest date that the Pleiades would have set at midnight or earlier in local time in 570 B. The Planetarium system Digistar 5 also allows creating the night sky of ancient Greece for Sappho’s place and time.“Use of Planetarium software permits us to simulate the night sky more accurately on any date, past or future, at any location,“ said Gurdemir.
Ancient sources say that she had three brothers; the names of two of them are mentioned in the Brothers Poem discovered in 2014.
She was exiled to Sicily around 600 BC, and may have continued to work until around 570.