The roles in such poetry were sharply defined: "the unwavering devotion of an upright, poetically talented, young upper-class Roman stands over against the infidelity of a hetaera
[courtesan];" because of her inconstancy, the male amator suffers for his love.
However unless it was dangerously satirical, it was surely written before the eastern provinces were titillated by reports of an affair between the emperor Lucius Verus and a hetaera
from Smyrna also called Pantheia.
," which does not refer to real prostitution,
Myself to the hetaeras
who had pushed me aside for lack of
Sensuous, discerning, and exquisitely beautiful, Madama Sui is one of the hetaeras
of a Latin American strongman, identified only as El Gran Hombre or El Patron.