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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Lais, a renowned courtesan ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], hetairas), was considered the standard for beauty throughout Greece during the Peloponnesian War era in the fifth century BCE.
Among all Greek women the most prestigious ones were the hetairas. Free to move and talk, those women gave not only their bodies but their entire personalities to charm men and therefore could exist in an 'area' that is almost exclusively masculine (Beauvoir, 1997).