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Lucian's Dialogues of the Heterae (also known as Mimes of the Courtesans, Hetairikoi Dialogoi and Dialogue of the Courtesans) is a series fifteen brief prose dialogues of courtesans with friends clients and other courtesans. The were written around 160 AD and first printed in 1494.

They predate the whore dialogues of Renaissance literature by centuries. In its current edition, they have been collected in Penguin's Chattering Courtesans and Other Sardonic Sketches, which also features his True Histories.

The most famous dialogue is that of Corinna, a little girl and Crobyle, her mother:

"Well, Corinna, you see now that it wasn't so terrible to lose your virginity. You have spent your first night with a man. You have earned your first gift, no less than a hundred drachmas. With that I'll buy you a necklace."


  • The Education of Corinna
  • Sweetheart
  • The Pleasure of Being Beaten
  • The Mistake
  • The Incantation
  • The Terror of Marriage
  • The Lesbians
  • The Return of the Soldier
  • The Little Flute Player
  • There is a Time for Lying
  • At Night
  • A Poor Sailor's Love
  • A Mother's Advice
  • Abandoned
  • The Philosopher

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