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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She debunks the thesis that there was "a golden age" of prostitution, exemplified by the hetaerae of Greece and Rome.
She might even be subsumed under the term "good hetaerae," as defined in a much-discussed passage in Plutarch's Table Talks which deals with the suitability of Menander's comedies for recital at symposia:
One has to be aware that "good" and "bad" in the context of hetaerae do not so much indicate moral qualities as categories defined by the economic needs of their male paying customers.
344 (connected with the motif of the harbour = the brothel where the girl is stationed) and 442 (where the pirate ship now leads or tows a lembus = a lover); reminiscent of Anaxilas' allusion to Charybdis is the description of hetaerae and their doors as whirlpools in Bacch.