Dialogue of the Courtesans  

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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.

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."

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