Famous beauties in ancient Greece

The noble woman did not make make-up in ancient Greece. They lived in the shadows in the women's half of the house and hid the skin from the sun. They enjoyed a massage, had a luxurious hair and enjoyed the rare spices from Asia. A make-up was a lot of hetairais.

Hetairais make-up their eyebrows with antimony and combined them into a single line, because it considered to be beautiful. These rosy cheeks using mulberry juice or juice from the root alkanes dye.

Aspasia (V in. BC. E.)was a beautiful hetairai. Phidias sculptor and Pericles the ruler of Athens were in love with her. She was also famous for her intelligence. Socrates listened to her reasoning with interest and condescend to the dispute with her. Aspasia married Pericles, and after his death she married the popular leader Lizikl. She wrote two treatises on the art of make up. This book enjoyed great success among the ladies of her profession. Noble women also had read this book secretly.

Phryne (IV century. BC. E.) was hetairai and dancer. The great sculptor Praxiteles asked Phryne to pose for the Aphrodite of Cnidus, and Apelles asked her to pose for «Venus emerging from the sea». Subsequently, Phryne was accused of blasphemy, in that she allegedly allowed to worship her as a goddess. During the trial, Phryne lawyer, the famous orator in Hyperides, tore off her clothes and said, «Look at her, isn’t divine this beauty?» The sight was so impressive that superstitious judge scared: «What if Phryne is really relative to any of the Olympian gods, that were known for their debauchery with people?» Hetairaiwas justified. She married Hyperides. Phryne had a secretary which wrote down all the recipes of ointments and unguents that she learned. Before she apply it on herself, she tried them on the slave. So she had smoothness skin and harmony of shapes to the venerable age.

Thais (IV century. BC. E.) was hetairaifrom Athens. She became the lover of Alexander the Great and accompanied him in the campaign. She boldly drove naked in the streets of the conquered Persian cities. Thais burned the royal palace at Persepolis together with all of its «barbarian» luxury and works of art. According to one version, she has done it deliberately, fearing that Alexander will decide to live in the palace and refused to continue a victorious campaign. According to another version, it was an accident. Thais danced with two torches and touched the flame of a thin fabric that draped the walls. Later Thais married a Greek general Ptolemy, that was appointed to be a Egypt governor by Alexander.