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MISCELLANEA ∆ E ∆Υ KE MEN A Σ E Λ ANNA This note attempts to show that Sappho's short poem (fr. 168B Voigt) contains implicit astronomical information, which must have contributed to the poem's expressiveness to contemporary audiences. Reading this, reasonably, to mean that the moon had been visible before it had set before midnight, we obtain an astronomical datum, namely that the moon's age lies between two and six days, and that we may visualize it as a crescent over the westerly horizon in the evening.-A similar reading, when applied to the Pleiads, leads to one more simple astronomical

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