Athenaeus of Naucratis / Volume III: Books XII-XV
Book XIII, pp. 888-978
women were the slaves of Casius the. Elean, with many other such, as Antea, Stratola, Aristoclea, Phila, Isthmias, and Necera. But Newera was the mistress of Stratoclides, and also of Xenoclides the poet, and of Hipparchus the actor, and of Phrynion the Pwanian, who was the son of Demon and the nephew of Demochares. And Phrynichus and Stephanus the orator used to have Nevera in turn, each a day, since their friends had so arbitrated the matter for them; and the daughter of Neoera, whose name was Strymbela, and who was afterwards called Phano, Stephanus gave (as if she had been his own daughter) in marriage to Phrastog of Algialea; as Demosthenes tells us in his oration against Neara. And he also speaks in the following manner about Sinope the courtesan: " And you punished Archias the hierophant, when he was convicted before the regular tribu- nals of behaving with impiety, and offering sacrifices which were contrary to the laws of the nation. And he was accused also of other things, and among them of having sacrificed a victim on the festival of Ceres, which was offered by Sinope the courtesan, on the altar which is in the court of the temple, at Eleusis, though it is against the law to sacrifice any victims on that day; and though, too, it was no part of his duty to sacrifice at all, but it belonged to the priestess to do so." 66. Plangon the Milesian was also a celebrated courtesan; and she, as she was most wonderfully beautiful, was beloved by a young man of Colophon, who had a mistress already whose name was Bacchis. Accordingly, when this young man began to address his solicitations to Plangon, she, having heard of. the beauty of Bacchis, and wishing to male the young man abandon his love for her, when she was un- able to effect that, she required as the price of her favours the necklace of Bacchis, which was very celebrated. And he, as he was exceedingly in love, entreated Bacchis not to see him totally overwhelmed with despair; and Bacchis, seeing the excited state of the young man, gave him the necklace. And Plangon, when she saw the freedom from jealousy which was exhibited by Bacchis, sent her back the necklace, but kept the young man: and ever after Plangon and Bacchis were friends, loving the young man in common; and the Ionians being amazed at this, as Menetor tells us in his treatise concerning Offerings, gave Plangon the name 98 [B. XIII. THE DEIPNOSOPHISTS.
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