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Is a modern term and misleading in that it transfers to the institution an adjective which in ancient sources denotes only the status of the personnel involved (sometimes also their earnings, which likewise became sacred on dedication). In the cult of Aphrodite at Corinth, Strabo, admittedly writing long after the city's destruction in 146 bc, gives a total of over 1,000 hetairai dedicated by both men and women. Dedication is also emphasized in the cult of Aphrodite at Eryx in west Sicily.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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