Famous courtesans – Phryne

Phryne (Ancient Greek: Φρύνη) (born c. 371 BC) was an ancient Greek courtesan (hetaira).  She is best known for her trial for impiety, where she allegedly was defended by the orator Hypereides. Phryne’s real name was Mnesarete, but owing to her yellowish complexion she was called Phrýnē (‘toad’). Athenaeus provides many anecdotes about Phryne. Supposedly […]

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