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Phryne

noun
  1. real name Muesarete. 4th century bc, Greek courtesan; lover of Praxiteles and model for Apelles' painting Aphrodite Rising from the Waves
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Historical Examples

  • She is beautiful; a Phryne, I may say, and what a match she would be to you!

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

  • Phryne served as a model to Praxiteles, for his Venus of Cnidus.

  • Nature pleads the cause of pleasure as Hyperides pleaded that of Phryne.

    Devereux, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The Athenian judges acquitted Phryne because she was beautiful.

  • Then Phryne told him of her trick, and chose the Cupid, or Eros, for her gift.