What the general at the Japanese geishas with antique heteras?
Having written a cycle of articles about geishas, I involuntarily remembered also heteras - the elected women existing in the VII-IV centuries B.C. in Greece. Their mission was like what is carried out and carried out by the Japanese geishas.
Word “ HETERA “ - hetaira - in Ancient Greece meant “ girlfriend, companion “. Those
also for the Greek men.
“ Erotic component “ in case of heteras, as well as in case of geishas, played, of course, an essential role, but nevertheless was minor. Intellectual and esthetic communication with them was appreciated much above, than just a bed.
In a case when it was talked only of carnal satisfaction, to services of Athenians there were cheaper flutists, dancers and street prostitutes.
But in spite of the fact that also heteras could dance and play musical instruments (they specially studied it), most of all they were appreciated ability to conduct conversation - and, is frequent on serious, philosophical subjects, for the width of the interests and views generating that their internal freedom which strikingly distinguished heteras from narrow Athenian wives and vulgar prostitutes; for their lively and acute wit. Here what first of all attracted and pulled to them men as a magnet!
And therefore to the muzhchinena were sorry for a gain of hearts of these women neither huge money, nor expensive gifts. The mission of heteras to be girlfriends and worthy interlocutors of outstanding minds and figures of that time put them in public hierarchy much above ordinary women.
Thanking the high social status, heteras could rotate in the highest, aristocratic circles of that time. And therefore many of them played a significant role in public life and could exert impact on outstanding people.
All heteras were the educated, unmarried women leading an independent and free life. Thanks to notable and rich patrons, they lived comfortably, and it is even magnificent. Having own houses with servants and all necessary, they were able to afford “ to open “ as it was got in Russia and France 18 - 19 centuries, own “ fashionable salons “ where was going to know also celebrities from art and policy.
Poets, sculptors, outstanding Ancient Greek politicians tried to obtain favor of heteras. As the destiny of poorly educated lawful wives of Greeks consisted in the basic only in housekeeping and education of children, of course, they could not compete with talented and artistic beauties - “ girlfriends “ and “ companions “ knowing literature and arts, and satisfying first of all esthetic, and then only carnal needs of men.
The famous Ancient Greek politician and the speaker Demosfen said that “ the Greek respecting himself has three women: the wife - for a reproduction, the slave - for sensual joys, and the hetera - for a peace of mind “.
Attention of these charming and clever “ super - mega - sexy “ well-known the husband tried to obtain sometimes long, far not at once receiving a consent. the Charming woman could even refuse communication and furthermore from proximity with the man if he was not pleasant to it.
I is the right of own choice too very much pulls together a way of life of antique heteras and Japanese geishas.
Admirers could express the offers on appointments as in an oral, and written form. They could write them even on the special board (and according to some data - on a wall) exposed for such purposes in the center of Athens.
in case of a consent, the seductress signed under the offer day, hour and the meeting place.
The most outstanding Ancient Greek heteras, data on whom reached our times, were:
Aspasia, Phrynia who became subsequently the second wife of the statesman Pericles,
is the girlfriend of the ingenious sculptor Praksitel who became famous for the fact that the court accusing her for blasphemous seduction of the sculptor (from it he modeled the best-known statue of the goddess of love Aphrodite), abolished the death penalty, having seen its naked.
Alexander of Macedon`s beloved - Tais Afinskaya was also famous hetera.
a Hetera before marriage was also the Byzantine empress Feodora. Thanks to extraordinary beauty, mind and a thrift, this woman, rose to an imperial rank, - through the status of the hetera, - from a family of circus actors.
History kept for us also names of several tens more antique heteras. Eto and Callisto (“ Beauty “), and Smikra (“ Baby “), and Agape feast (“ Love “) and others; the majority of these names were their professional pseudonyms.
So what they were how lived, than submitted men - these legendary beauties - heteras?
I about it is in my article “ Perhaps we will get acquainted with heteras closer?! Aspasia is the most great hetera of Athens “.