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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For the hetaera, whose fortune depends on her ability to seduce men: "her whole life is a show: her words, her gestures, are intended not to express her thoughts but to produce an effect....
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.
Consequently, his descriptions transmit the exquisite decadence of the milieu: the Dionysian soirees held in caves on the outskirts of Athens by members of the Lykaion cult who became purely instinctual beings with the help of a hallucinogen known as kyon; Heracles Pontor's encounter with the hetaera Yasintra and his incongruous relationship with Ponsica, his female slave, who wanted more than anything else to stick a dagger into his fleshy neck when it became apparent that he was coming too close to solving the murders of three ephebes from the academy.
The roles in such poetry were sharply defined: "the unwavering devotion of an upright, poetically talented, young upper-class Roman stands over against the infidelity of a hetaera [courtesan];" because of her inconstancy, the male amator suffers for his love.
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.
When Clitipho reveals in his soliloquy (223-29) that he, like his friend Clinia, has been involved with a hetaera for some time without his father's knowledge, he himself calls this liaison a malum.
He took as mistress the hetaera, or courtesan, Aspasia (fl 440 bc ), who was famous for her beauty and intelligence.
German evil represented by nihilistic intellectual discussions, by Leverkuhn's contracting syphilis willfully from the "hetaera Esmerelda" by advanced music nihilistically negating Beethoven's Ninth Symphony--with the passage of time, with the accumulated knowledge of the Holocaust, of the Death that was a "Meister aus Deutschland" Doctor Faustus itself is looking hollow, unreal.
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).
Myself to the hetaeras who had pushed me aside for lack of
And what is one to make in these politically correct times of the orator Apollodorus's definitions of the uses of women: "Hetaeras we keep for pleasure, concubines for attending day-by-day to the body and wives for producing heirs and for standing trusty guard on our household property."