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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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.
After imbibing the philtre, Lucretius does not become more amorous toward his wife; rather, he has a series of terrifying nightmares, including ones of menacing hetairai (ll.