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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One has to be aware that 'good' and 'bad' in the context of hetairai do not so much indicate moral qualities as categories.
He vows to seek relief by accompanying his buddies to the best little whorehouse in the area, run by curvy, corpulent wisecracker Hetairai Johnson (Liz Mikel), who also serves as the show's narrator and overall mistress of ceremonies.
Extreme loyalty exempla, though, refer above all to hetairai or freedwomen, as if it were impossible to single out any individual deserving praise for her behaviour among the masses of 'ordinary and anonymous' slave women.
Dyfri Williams has argued that respectable women are not usually shown naked on Greek vases, which suggests that these figures might be nymphs or perhaps even hetairai.
2) Admittedly, women other than hetairai, slaves, hired entertainers, etc.
Such a connection no doubt is present when hetairai bear the name,(20) or when Myrrhina cavorts on stage in the Lysistrata, but it seems less appropriate to the role of Myrrhina in the Casina.
Michael Walton elaborates more fully on this historical mystery, but concludes that "no reasonable evidence exists to indicate that women, either freeborn or hetairai, were excluded from the theatre" (80).
in a romantic and educational relationship which might last for several years, after which the boy would take over the adult sexual role in a similar relationship before marriage, not before thirty, to a girl of around fourteen, Cantarella challenges the older view that pederasty in classical Greece was a substitute for heterosexuality in the absence of available women except for hetairai and perhaps the flute-girls in the symposia which wealthier Athenians attended.
Such ideas motivate Aeschines' abuse of Timarchus: "He acted in this way because he was enslaved to the most shameful pleasures, to gluttony and extravagant meals and female pipers and hetairai and dice and the rest of the sort of things that a wellborn and free man aught to have mastery over" (42.
We learn from the biography of Alcibiades how the Athenian, in spite of his wife being virtuous and loving, was always carrying on with hetairai - to such an extent that she left him and went to live with her brother.
The majority of them are referred to as being fond of expensive food or of hetairai, sometimes as being fat or as having grand houses or as being spendthrifts; they include the typical comic `gluttons' Glauketes and Morychos as wen as men also known from outside comedy such as Kallias son of Hipponikos,(17) or Lykon the host in Xenophon's Symposium.
In Athens this consisted in the sexual subjection of a boy to a young adult male, both citizens, in a romantic and educational relationship which might last for several years, after which the boy would take over the adult sexual role in a similar relationship before marriage, not before thirty, to a girl of around fourteen, Cantarella challenges the older view that pederasty in classical Greece was a substitute for heterosexuality in the absence of available women except for hetairai and perhaps the flute-girls in the symposia which wealthier Athenians attended.