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Aspasia

(ăspā`shə, –zhə), fl. mid-5th cent. B.C., Athenian courtesan. A woman of great beauty and intelligence, she became the mistress and, according to some poets, adviser of PericlesPericles
, c.495–429 B.C., Athenian statesman. He was a member of the Alcmaeonidae family through his mother, a niece of Cleisthenes. He first came to prominence as an opponent of the Areopagus (462) and as one of the prosecutors of Cimon, whom he replaced in influence.
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 after he divorced (445 B.C.) his wife. She is the chief figure in Aspasia, a dialogue by Aeschines the Socratic, in which she criticizes the training of women. She also appears in the Menexnus, probably written by Plato, and in the writings of XenophonXenophon
, c.430 B.C.–c.355 B.C., Greek historian, b. Athens. He was one of the well-to-do young disciples of Socrates before leaving Athens to join the Greek force (the Ten Thousand) that was in the service of Cyrus the Younger of Persia.
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, who wrote favorably of her.
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Aspasia

mistress of Pericles; byword for cultured courtesan. [Gk. Hist.: Benét, 58]

Aspasia

pathetic figure bearing fate with fortitude. [Br. Lit.: The Maid’s Tragedy]
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Some Athenians believe that Aspasia had an undue influence on his policies and she was accused of corrupting Athenian society.
Derrida's citation of Aspasia's oration in The Politics of Friendship is therefore significant on multiple levels that are detailed below.
Alcibiades e Critias imediatamente nos ocorrem como os mais claros exemplos disso; Aspasia e talvez ate Aristipo, aqui presente, constituam exemplos menores.
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