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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Grouped in the Palatine Anthology under 'amatory epigrams', this epigram attacks Zeus's fabled amatory abilities, since he has not targeted the (unnamed) hetaira mentioned in the poem.
Two articles (Davidson, Faraone) about the hetaira of ancient Greece offer the oldest examples.