Hetaera

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Her anti-sexist position would have stood much to gain by simply assuming that Diallage was played by a nude hetaira, but the evidence does not allow such a clear-cut deduction.
Sempre no Segundo sexo, Simone de Beauvoir estabelece uma distincao entre a prostituta rameira e a nobre hetaira, ponto de vista que pode nos ajudar a compreender o que esta em jogo na pornografia contemporanea: "A diferenca essencial e que a primeira vende a sua pura generalidade, ainda que a concorrencia a mantenha num nivel de vida miseravel, enquanto a segunda tenta ser reconhecida na sua singularidade" (11).
According to Herodotus and the subsequent sources, Charaxus had an affair with a hetaira, whom he ransomed, and Sappho scolded him in verse for that.