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There were these seven girls who were purchased while they were small children by Nicaretê, who was the freedwoman of Charisius the Elean1 and the wife of his cook Hippias. She was skilled in recognizing the budding beauty of young girls and knew well how to bring them up and train them artfully; for she made this her profession, and she got her livelihood from the girls.

1 Elis, a state in north-western Peloponnesus.

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