Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Laïs
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(Λαΐς/Laís; Latin Laïs)

A. Historical dimension

The name L. ('generally known' or from a Semitic word meaning 'lioness' [10.]) was a popular professional name taken by Greek hetaerae, which makes distinguishing individuals a tricky task. The two best-known, both of who were said to be outstandingly beautiful and attractive, were active at Corinth in the 4th cent. BC. The first (1), a daughter of Timandra (the 'consort' of Alcibiades), was born in 422 in Hyccara, Sicily (cf. Ath. 13,589 a; [02. vol. 1. 182]), and was brought to Corinth as a prisoner of war (Plut. Alc. 39; …

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Joeres, Yvonne, “Laïs”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004671>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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