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Haerteas. Goddess and Sacred Whore

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Hetaera were beautiful, immaculately dressed companions, who were trained to be
"sexually exciting, mentally stimulating and capable of infatuating intelligent
men." Unlike a man's wife, this woman could hold a conversation. A wife was just
some Senator's daughter, who took care of a man's home and bore your children.
But a hetaera was so much more. Demosthenes observed, in his oration Against
Neaera: "We have hetaerae for pleasure, concubines to care for our daily body's
needs and wives to bear us legitimate children and to be faithful guardians of
our households."

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