PHAON

ΦΑΩΝ

The celebrated favourite of the poetess Sappho. He was a boatman at Mytilene, and already at an advanced age and of ugly appearance ; but on one occasion he very willingly, and without accepting payment, carried Aphrodite across the sea, for which the goddess gave him youth and beauty. After this Sappho is said to have fallen in love with him. (Aelian, V. H. xii. 18; Palaeph. 49; Lucian, Dial. Mort. 9.)

Phaedra, by Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889), French Academic painter

Sappho and Phaon, by Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825), French Neoclassical painter