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Aspasia

(fl. c. 460—425 bc)


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Milesian‐born partner of Pericles from c.445 bc when he divorced his wife. She is said to have taught rhetoric, and to have had discussions with Socrates. She was the target of attacks and jokes in comedy because of her supposed influence over Pericles: Aristophanes' Acharnians blames her for the Peloponnesian War. Her (later legitimated) son by Pericles, also a Pericles, was one of the generals put to death after Arginusae. See also epitaphios.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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