Courtesanship


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Courtesanship

Aspasia
mistress of Pericles; byword for cultured courtesan. [Gk. Hist.: Benét, 58]
Camille
beautiful courtesan, the toast of Paris. [Fr. Lit.: Camille]
Lais
celebrated Thessalonian courtesan, so beautiful the townswomen kill her out of jealousy. [Gk. Hist.: Benét, 561]
Lescaut, Manon
lives well by giving affections to noblemen. [Fr. Lit.: Mahon Lescaut]
Marneffe, Madame
as courtesan for barons, she obtains wealth. [Fr. Lit.: Cousin Bette, Magill I, 166–168]
Phryne
(4th century B.C.) wealthy Athenian hetaera of surpassing beauty. [Gk. Hist.: Benét, 784]
Rosette
D’Albert’s pliable, versatile, talented, acknowledged bedmate. [Fr. Lit.: Mademoiselle de Maupin. Magill I, 542–543]
Thaïs
Alexandrian courtesan, converts to Christianity. [Medieval Legend: Walsh Classical, 307]
Vasantasena
lovely courtesan whose many adventures culminate in an edict freeing her from her courtesan status. [Sanskrit Lit.: The Little Clay Cart in Haydn & Fuller, 432]
Violetta
prosperous courtesan in fashionable Paris. [Ital. Opera: Verdi La Traviata in Benét, 1022]