Last week, we told you about the lives of five elite courtesans in Classical Athens. But we left someone out–perhaps the most elite hetaera of them all.
Long-term partner of a leading Athenian statesman, darling of the philosophical set, survivor of the plague of Athens—she threw her own parties, and they were the best parties ever thrown within a hundred-mile radius of Athens. No one has done better since. Her name was Aspasia.
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