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Athenaeus of Naucratis / Volume III: Books XII-XV

Book XIII,   pp. 888-978


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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 
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THE DEIPNOSOPHISTS. 


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