Socrates And Aspasia At Chateau Versailles

“For three harlots all of Greece is set ablaze,” writes Aristophanes. He also mentions that two of those harlots are from the house of Aspasia. Aspasia! to whom Socrates would defer on the issues of matchmaking and the setting of the household. This woman of antiquity decorates several XVII century furniture pieces. Two of them you can see at Chateau Versailles. The composition comes from the painting of Michel II Cornelle Asphasia Disputes With Philosophers. What should I say? Many question the historical accuracy of this image, saying that in antiquity only in comedies birds rule, dogs judge, and women dispute with philosophers.

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