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Headword: Ἑταῖραι Κορίνθιαι
Adler number: epsilon,3266
Translated headword: Corinthian courtesans
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Lais,[1] Cyrene, Leaina, Sinope,[2] Pyrrhine,[3] Scione, Thracian Rhodopis,[4] the fellow-slave of Aesop the story-teller, who after being freed stayed in Egypt [sc. were all courtesans]. Aristophanes says in Wealth: "and they say that the Corinthian courtesans, whenever a working man gives them a try, pay him no mind; but if a rich man [does], they turn the ass to him[5] right away."
Greek Original:
Ἑταῖραι Κορίνθιαι: Λαί̈ς, Κυρήνη, Λέαινα, Σινώπη, Πυρρίνη, Σκιώνη, Ῥοδῶπις Θρᾳκική, σύνδουλος Αἰσώπου τοῦ λογοποιοῦ: ἥτις ἐλευθερωθεῖσα κατέμεινεν ἐν Αἰγύπτῳ. φησὶ δὲ Ἀριστοφάνης ἐν Πλούτῳ: καὶ τάς γ' ἑταίρας φασὶ τὰς Κορινθίας, ὅταν μὲν αὐτάς τις πένης πειρῶν τύχῃ, οὐδὲ προσέχειν τὸν νοῦν: ἂν δὲ πλούσιος, τὸν πρωκτὸν αὐτὰς εὐθὺς εἰς τοῦτον τρέπειν.
Notes:
Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 149-152, with scholion; again (summarily) at pi 1462.
cf. generally epsilon 3265 and the other cross-references there.
[1] cf. lambda 40.
[2] cf. sigma 465.
[3] Myrrhine, rather.
[4] cf. rho 211.
[5] On this and other sexual positions practised by courtesans see generally James Davidson, Courtesans and Fishcakes (London 1997) 118; and on this rare use of πρωκτός in reference to women, Jeffrey Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 150 #204.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; economics; ethics; gender and sexuality; geography; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 13 June 2000@12:28:01.
Vetted by:
Debra Hamel (altered translation, added note) on 6 October 2000@19:13:29.
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented note) on 27 March 2001@04:49:48.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 4 December 2005@09:05:46.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 1 January 2008@06:50:44.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 2 November 2012@07:46:28.

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