Women at Alexandria
Philo was a parasite of Agathocles, the son of Oenanthe,
The extraordinary influence of women of low character at Alexandria.
and the friend of king Philopator.
Many statues of Cleino, the girl who acted as cupbearer
to Ptolemy Philadelphus, were set up at Alexandria, draped in a single tunic and holding a
cup in the hands. And are not the most splendid houses there those which go by the names
of Murtium, Mnesis, and Pothine? And yet
Mnesis was a flute-girl, as was Pothine, and Murtium was a
public prostitute. And was not Agathocleia, the mistress of
king Ptolemy Philopator, an influential personage,—she who
was the ruin of the whole kingdom? . . .