American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Aspasia fl. c. 440 B.C. Greek courtesan and lover of Pericles who was noted for her wisdom, wit, and beauty.
“Hastings, whom Congreve calls Aspasia -- "an effusion so full of enthusiasm for the moral graces, and worded with an appearance of sincerity so cordial, that we can never read it without thinking it must have come from Steele.”
“As an instance we need only recall Aspasia and her well-attested relation to Pericles and”
“Whether this will ultimately prove for the better or the worse, it would be a bold man who should dare say; there is at least one thing left to desire in it -- i. e., that the synonym of "Aspasia," which serves so often to designate in journalistic literature these”
“There were a few wives there — the more adventurous kind, with husbands pecked almost to death — two Claudias, and a lady in a mask who insisted on being called Aspasia, but who I know very well is Crassus Orator’s cousin Licinia — you remember, I used to sleep with her occasionally?”
“And I should like them, if I believed they would make the Grecian women something _better_ than mere domestic slaves," said Philothea; "but such as Aspasia will never raise women out of the bondage in which they are placed by the impurity and selfishness of man.”
““And I should like them, if I believed they would make the Grecian women something better than mere domestic slaves,” said Philothea; “but such as Aspasia will never raise women out of the bondage in which they are placed by the impurity and selfishness of man.”
“Her biographical sketches of key figures— Pericles, the courtesan Aspasia, the military commander Alcibiades—are rich with lively detail.”
“As the most noted representative of this class stands Aspasia, the friend of Pericles.”
“Two millennia earlier, Aspasia, a female philosopher and courtesan, and a central figure in Athenian life, plied her wits, allure, and influence with equal determination, standing with Perikles at the center of vehement opposition to his vision of building the most exquisite monuments the world had ever seen.”
“The cabinet, decorated with the golden figures of philosophers Socrates and Aspasia in discourse, is priced in the six figures.”
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