Lesvos in detail

History

Lesvos’ great cultural legacy stretches from the 7th-century-BC musical composer Terpander to 20th-century figures such as Nobel Prize–winning poet Odysseus Elytis and primitive painter Theophilos. Ancient philosophers Aristotle and Epicurus also led a philosophical academy here. Most famous, however, is Sappho, one of Ancient Greece’s greatest poets. Her sensuous, passionate poetry has fuelled a modern-day following and draws lesbians from around the world to the village of Skala Eresou, where she was born (c 630 BC).