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“The best known event in Phryne’s life is her trial. Athenaeus writes that she was prosecuted for a capital charge and defended by the orator Hypereides, who was one of her lovers. Athenaeus does not specify the nature of the charge, but Pseudo-Plutarch writes that she was accused of impiety. The speech for the prosecution was written by Anaximenes of Lampsacus according to Diodorus Periegetes. When it seemed as if the verdict would be unfavourable, Hypereides removed Phryne’s robe and bared her breasts before the judges to arouse their pity. Her beauty instilled the judges with a superstitious fear, who could not bring themselves to condemn ‘a prophetess and priestess of Aphrodite’ to death. They decided to acquit her out of pity.”

Fonte: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phryne


Imagem: Phryne diante do Aerópago, de Jean-Léon Gérôme. 1861

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