- c470–410 b.c., Athenian courtesan, mistress of Pericles.
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Examples from the Web for aspasia
Eudora took it with a deep blush, saying, "Aspasia gave it to me."
"I crave pardon," interrupted Aspasia, with haughty impatience.
It is not for Aspasia, the gifted daughter of Axiochus, that I plead.
Aspasia said wisely, that the spirit of beauty flows in, only where the proportions are harmonious.
He dislikes to have me visit Aspasia; and was angry because I danced with Alcibiades.
- 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.
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