In what their secret? The hetera Phrynia, just the beauty of
the Hetera and the dancer Phrynia (the 4th century BC) was from the Greek city of Fespiya. Her real name - Mnesaret (“ remembering virtues “) .
Phrynia means a name in translation from Greek “ toad “. But the girl was awarded by this name not for some faults at all. According to historians, in Ancient Hellas so called women with olive - lighter, in comparison with habitual for swarty Greeks, - a skin shade. The daughter of the wealthy doctor Epikl, the girl got a good education.
But its main advantage there was unusual beauty. Phrynia amazed with perfection of the person, and especially figures, not only surrounding, but also own parents.
Having early realized itself the price, the clever and ambitious beauty understood that thanks to appearance she will be able to achieve much. It was not attracted at all by destiny of the ordinary provincial housewife to what the destiny of many Greek women was reduced. The early marriage, a lot of children, hard infinite homework frightened her and to it were disgusting.
And to avoid a gray fate of the compatriots, the girl went to Athens to approach a capital social life and, eventually, to achieve the long concealed dream - to become the hetera, a lot of things from what for other women of Hellas was under a ban were allowed to these free celebutantes.
The free and rich life of heteras attracted and attracted. These women could appear at all important meetings as now would tell - “ parties “ even on political. They could, without hesitating, to show the exclusive beauty and to emphasize it with frank dresses, were able to afford free circulation with men, even with unfamiliar, - to talk to them, to argue, coquet.
In their arsenal there were both a cosmetics, and spirits, and wigs, and chignons. They could decorate themselves as soon as to them takes in head that was unacceptable for noble married ladies. And Phrynia did not lose. In Athens its delights were appreciated: many high-ranking and well-known the husband - both from policy, and from art became her admirers. Including Apelles and Praksitel who left to us in the imperishable masterpieces - works an image of the great courtesan - heteras.
The great sculptor Praksitel who became famous still during lifetime for the talent fell in love with her at first sight and shy asked it to pose for it for a statue well-known subsequently - Aphrodite Knidskaya. Apelles, the famous artist, the hetera inspired on the image “ Aphrodite leaving the sea “ (Aphrodite Anadiomena).
As the glory of the beautiful hetera grew, both the amount of her remunerations, and, respectively, appetites of the beauty grew. Night for eager for her love cost a fortune, and Phrynia who became already so rich and free that quite could leave the craft began to quote the price to the clients only how she personally treated them. If the admirer was not pleasant to it, then there could not be a speech about any relations.
Historians informed our times of certificates that, being at all Lydia which is not located to the tsar, it called to it the absurd and fabulous sum for the love, hoping that it will damp his ardor. But the governor in love obsessed with passion, nevertheless, agreed and paid Phrynia this unimaginable sum that then in a considerable way was reflected in the budget of the country for which recovery it had to lift taxes.
The opposite example also known to historians tells that, admiring mind of the philosopher Diogenes, Phrynia condescended to it without any payment. Having become “ the most desired woman of Hellas “ the vain hetera wanted to reserve the right to be called so as long as possible. And therefore it continued to conduct the stormy social life full of sharpness and love affairs, without rejecting the high-ranking lovers who became already constant.
To 25 - ti to years Phrynia had already decent fortune. It got own house, slaves and all necessary furniture with a situation showing its high status. In the rich house full of luxury decorated with gallery from columns, sculptures and pictures with a garden and the pool, the famous and adored hetera of Athens suited feasts to which only famous and influential persons were invited only.
Despite continuous participation in feasts, for the years passing slowly, Phrynia remained always permanently fresh and young and looked ideally. It is known that it was not indifferent to recipes of the rejuvenating ointments and grindings, and it had specially trained secretary who found and wrote down secrets of the miracle and effective remedies which are found out in the different ways whether the hetera, whether secretary.
Before applying means on itself, Phrynia tested them on the slaves. She also thought up own cream from wrinkles and, tradition claims, to the most respectable age differed in smoothness of skin and long kept appeal and symmetry.
Of course, life of such woman could not do without drama events. The speaker Evfy fell in love with the hetera. For her love it was ready to lay out all the state. To look younger and be pleasant to the beloved, it even shaved a beard and solicited favor very much. But the ungrateful courtesan derided it.
And then Evfy made about the hetera the complaint in the Athenian court with charge of godlessness that was serious charge for those times and attracted to exile or to the death penalty. Aphrodite Knidskaya`s statue - that which the sculptor Praksitel modeled once on similarity then only of the beginning little-known hetera - a chuzhestranka became the reason for everything. This sculpture won glory of the best-known statue of the goddess of love and, established in a sanctuary of the city of Knida subsequently, attracted to itself crowds of pilgrims. Thousands of pilgrims, prayerfully stretching hands to a statue of the goddess, exclaimed: “ Oh, beautiful Aphrodite, is divine your beauty! “
For it - that the speaker Evfy rejected by her also accused the hetera of godlessness and blasphemy. Allegedly, allowing to worship himself as to the goddess, the courtesan thereby offended greatness of gods, and also constantly corrupted the most outstanding citizens of the republic, “ averting them from service for the fatherland benefit “.
In court Phrynia was protected by the speaker Giperid who long ago was trying to obtain her favor. For it she promised it to become his mistress. But, despite all eloquence of the lawyer and the testimony of witnesses, judges were ready extremely severely, and business took all the worst turn.
Then Giperid pronounced the well-known words:
- Noble judges, all of you look, Aphrodite`s admirers, and then, sentence that which the goddess would recognize as the sister to death! - and the sharp movement pulled off from shoulders of Phrynia facing court of a cover, having bared the defendant.
“ Judges were embraced by sacred awe, and they did not dare to execute Aphrodite`s priestess “ - the historian Afiney, on representations of Greeks of that time wrote, the imperfect soul could not disappear in such perfect body. The hetera was acquitted, and the court punished Evfy a large penalty.
Praksitel endured Phrynia. After death of the muse he pure gold paid it in minutes of inspiration and pleasure, having cast her gold statue and having put it in Diana Efesskaya`s temple. In a postscript there is a wish to note especially that Phrynia was the most bashful of heteras. Unlike the friends, she did not wear transparent clothes, and was always wrapped up in a tunic from dense fabric, closing even hands to a brush and hair.
And here love of all life of Alexander of Macedon - the hetera Tais Afinskaya - was absolutely opposite temper. She not only did not hide the body, but is proud paraded it, defiantly passable bared on streets of the conquered Persian cities.
And the following my history - about the impudent devilkin by the name of Tais.