Lost poetry of Sappho (3rd century)
heart's grown heavy, my knees will not support me /.... This state I oft
bemoan; but what's to do? / Not to grow old, being human, there's no
way."—Sappho, Book IV
Famous for her ability to capture human emotion, Greek lyric poetess Sappho
published nine volumes of poetry in her lifetime, all of which were lost until
excavators discovered a few fragments among the Oxyrhynchus papyri. Until the find, Sappho's influential works were known only through brief
quotations used by later authors.