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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Like them, Hazewell notes Socrates' refusal to earn money to support a household, his prolonged absences from home to discourse with Athenians, his friendship with Aspasia and visit to the beautiful hetaera Theodore, and the ridicule he elicited.
In classical Athens, Donaldson asserts, only women considered sexually transgressive by Victorian standards, whether hetaera or foreigners ineligible to marry Greek citizens like Aspasia (whom Donaldson terms "the most remarkable woman of antiquity"), could study philosophy, art, and politics.
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.
Most readers of Terence have viewed the hetaera Bacchis in Heautontimorumenos as a stereotypical wicked prostitute, a greedy, hardnosed businesswoman, in short, "Terence's only mercenary courtesan.
Accordingly, a hetaera is "good" when she loves her customer in return and "bad" when she drives a hard bargain.
He took as mistress the hetaera, or courtesan, Aspasia (fl 440 bc ), who was famous for her beauty and intelligence.
He describes Madama Lynch asa courtesan before she met Solano Lopez, while Sui is a hetaera.
The story of a lifelong unconsummated love between Sui and EL seems trite at first: they fall in love as adolescents, are separated by circumstances when he joins a guerrilla opposition movement and she becomes the dictator's hetaera, but despite their separation and Sui's position, the lovers remain loyal to each other in their hearts until united in death.
According to Rudloff, Wanda goes through three clear stages of development: at first, as hetaera she enjoys unbridled sexual indulgence but is weaned from this position to become his domina (the second stage).
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.