Hetaera


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Hetaera

 

in ancient Greece, an educated, unmarried woman leading a free, independent way of life. Some hetaerae played a significant role in civic life. Many outstanding political figures, poets, and sculptors gathered in the houses of the hetaerae. The term “hetaera” was also applied to prostitutes.

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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.
state hetaeras," 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.