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Aspasia

[a-spey-shuh, -zhuh] /æˈspeɪ ʃə, -ʒə/
noun
1.
c470–410 b.c, Athenian courtesan, mistress of Pericles.
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  • One of these was Aspasia, the friend of the famous Pericles, who later made her his wife.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • Aspasia sank on the couch, and bowed her head upon her hands.

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  • How many monarchs are forgotten while Aspasia is remembered!

    The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller
  • Aspasia said wisely, that the spirit of beauty flows in, only where the proportions are harmonious.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The influence of Socrates also began to bear fruit after the days of Pericles and Aspasia.

  • Eudora took it with a deep blush, saying, "Aspasia gave it to me."

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Fired by her success, another Milesian girl, named Aspasia, established herself at Athens.

    The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
  • It is not for Aspasia, the gifted daughter of Axiochus, that I plead.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It is probable that Aspasia was still in her twenties when Pericles first met her, while he himself was much older.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
  • Aspasia remained in Athens, triumphant over the laws of religion and morality.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
British Dictionary definitions for Aspasia

Aspasia

/əˈspeɪzɪə/
noun
1.
5th century bc, Greek courtesan; mistress of Pericles
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Word Origin and History for Aspasia

beautiful and capable Milesian consort of Pericles, proper name from fem. of Greek aspasios "welcome," related to aspazesthai "to welcome," of uncertain origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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