Lais (fl. 385 BCE)

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Lais (fl. 385 bce)

Greek hetaerae. Name variations: Laïs; Lais the Younger. Born probably in Hyccara, in Sicily, around 365 bce.

Lais was born around 365 bce, probably in Hyccara in Sicily, and brought to Corinth when a child. She sat as a model for the court painter Apelles, who, it is said, induced her to live the life of a hetaerae or courtesan. Stunningly attractive, she became a rival of Phryne . Lais was reputedly stoned to death in Thessaly by some women whose jealousy she had aroused.