(Λαίς; Laís). The ‘general acquaintance’, from λαός (‘people’)  or from the Semitic, ‘lioness’. Popular name for hetaerae, which makes identification difficult.
Cite this pageStrothmann, Meret (Bochum), “Lais”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e629040>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510
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