From where does the name Atthis Arts originate?
Atthis is a character in the poetry of Sappho, a Greek poet who lived about 2500 years ago. Her poetry was mostly destroyed over time, including the nine collected volumes created by the Library of Alexandria. The fragments that remain have been collected over the centuries, often from decorative items or from being quoted in other books. In the fragments that remain, Sappho expresses great affection for Atthis, saying, “Atthis, I loved you long ago while you still seemed to me a small ungracious child. I was proud of you too. In skill I think you need never bow to any girl – not one who may see the sunlight in time to come.” Then Atthis leaves her, and Sappho says, “After all this Atthis, you hate even the thought of me.” She laments the “venom” with which love has struck her down. The fragments end with, “You may forget but let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us.” And finally, “Pain penetrates me drop by drop.”
There is no proof these poems were autobiographical, but with words so powerful we believe that they were. Atthis has been dead for over 2500 years now and every book that recorded Sappho’s poems was destroyed, but yet through scraps and fragments, now you remember her. You remember the love that Sappho felt for her, and the pain at her rejection. “You may forget but let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us.”
Atthis Arts, LLC believes this is the power of the written word. The power to carry as simple a thought as, “I love you, Atthis” over the millennia. It is this power that we strive to share with you.