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Anactoria (or Anaktoria) is the name of a woman mentioned by Sappho as one of her lovers. Algernon Charles Swinburne wrote a long poem titled "Anactoria" (1866), in which Sappho addresses Anactoria in imagery that includes sadomasochism, cannibalism, and dystheism. Swinburne's dramatic monologue characterizes the speaker — the Ancient Greek poetess Sappho — as a kind of lesbian vampire who entertains sadistic fantasies of cannibalizing her lover.



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