hetaera definition

  • noun:
    • An ancient Greek courtesan or concubine, specifically one of a particular class of cultivated female friends.
    • A mistress, specially an extremely cultivated courtesan in ancient Greece.
    • women paramour; a mistress, concubine, or harlot.
    • In ancient Greece, a lady, specifically a slave or a foreigner, devoted to public or exclusive enjoyment, making a profession of flute-playing, dancing, etc., and perhaps rising to high consideration for discovering, skills, additionally the social arts; for this reason, a courtezan; an avowed concubine or feminine paramour. At Athens just daughters of full residents may become, underneath the law, spouses of residents; hence, Aspasia of Miletus, the accomplished companion of Pericles, had been, as a foreigner, classified as a hetæra. In addition written hetaira, plural hetairai.

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