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 (hĭ-tîr′ə) also he·tai·ra (-tīr′ə)
n. pl. he·tae·rae (-tîr′ē) or he·tae·ras also he·tai·rai (-tīr′ī′) or he·tai·ras
An ancient Greek courtesan or concubine, especially one who was highly educated or refined.

[Greek hetairā, feminine of hetairos, companion; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]

he·tae′ric adj.


(hɪˈtɪərə) or


n, pl -taerae (-ˈtɪəriː) or -tairai (-ˈtaɪraɪ)
(Historical Terms) (esp in ancient Greece) a female prostitute, esp an educated courtesan
[C19: from Greek hetaira concubine]
heˈtaeric, heˈtairic adj


(hɪˈtɪər ə)

n., pl. -tae•rae (-ˈtɪər i)
1. a highly cultured courtesan or concubine, esp. in ancient Greece.
[1810–20; < Greek hetaíra (feminine) companion]


a female companion or paramour of ancient Greece, a sort of professional prostitute.
See also: Greece and Greeks


n pl <-rae or -ras> → Hetäre f
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There is also discussion of artistic representations of prostitutes in the form of monuments and dedications of hetairai and images of prostitution in vase iconography.
39) Plutarch divides hetairai into two categories: (1) bad ones who are fleeced when their young men come to their senses and (2) good ones who are land and constant and will be rewarded with the restoration of citizen parents or the ability to live a decent life.
While dismantling this philological myth, one could get an alternative reading, turning us "from Victorian fantasy and modern reconstructions to the one indisputable fact about Sappho," namely that "she was a poet," and that she called "her comrades philai and hetairai.
Andocides' trial exposed the demos' distrust of the aristocrats and their hetairai, or private associations, while Nichomachus' tribulation dealt with the struggle to re-establish the law.
La explicacion es muy simple: en Grecia estaban bien delimitadas las funciones y derechos de la mujer dependiendo de la categoria a la que perteneciera: Habia tres categorias de mujeres: hetairai, pallakai, y gynaikes, es decir, cortesanas, concubinas y esposas respectivamente, su funcion, como queda clara en la referencia de Demostenes, estaba delimitada: las cortesanas estan para el placer, las concubinas para las necesidades cotidianas, las esposas para tener descendencia legitima y ser fieles guardianas del hogar.
Hetairai Johnson Liz Mikel Lysistrata Jones Patti Murin Michelangelo "Mick" Jackson Andrew Rannells Lampito Kanagawa Katie Boren Mhyrinne Moore, Tiffany Carla Duren Robin Smythe Lindsay Nicole Chambers Cleonice Sanchez Noemi Del Rio Cinesias Ray Telly Leung Xander Lee Curtis Holbrook Statyllis "Tyllis" Carter Justin Keyes Gustaf Angstrom Preston Sadleir Uardo Cortez Xavier Cano
Los ejemplos de lealtad extrema se refieren, por tanto, a las hetairai (cortesanas) o a las libertas, como si fuera imposible encontrar comportamientos ejemplares entre la masa de esclavas <<normales y anonimas>>.
The symposium is singled out for its special place in Graeco-Roman society: the arrival of the Eastern custom of reclining on couches in the 6th century BC, the expensive furniture, tableware, utensils, frescoes and mosaic floors adorning triclinia, which became the centre of both private meals and organised feasts on special occasions (68-73); the elements of equality and sharing in the Greek meal, whether private, sympotic or sacrificial, in contrast with the Roman context where status difference was maintained between patron and client or emperor and people (73-74); the attendance of women of status at symposia, slaves and hetairai being more usual (75); the changing structure of the Greek symposium in Roman dining, and variations in different periods, places and social strata (77-78).
The identification of these women as water nymphs, hetairai, or what the Athenians would have considered respectable women is unclear, although the context of the scene, an outdoor bathing scene taking place in nature, suggests that they might be nymphs.
67) on the basis that some economic exchange is involved, but ignoring the circumstances, nature, and context surrounding the various episodes where marriage is the outcome In my view, this chapter is the least convincing: the ability to give counsel, for example, is associated specifically with the class of ancient prostitutes known as hetairai, and then transposed to Dorotea, who, by using this type of discourse, dismantles the dichotomy virgin prostitute (p.
4) A man's parallel household violation, such as the sexual exploitation of young slaves or hetairai, was not similarly punished.
After imbibing the philtre, Lucretius does not become more amorous toward his wife; rather, he has a series of terrifying nightmares, including ones of menacing hetairai (ll.