). A celebrated Athenian courtesan, who accompanied
Alexander the Great on his expedition into Asia. After the death of Alexander,
Thaïs attached herself to Ptolemy Lagi, by whom she became the mother of two sons,
Leontiscus and Lagus, and of a daughter, Irené. She is said to have urged Alexander
on to firing the palace of Darius during a revel—a story which suggested the most
striking lines of Dryden's Ode on St. Cecilia's Day.
The tradition is probably
false (Athen. p. 576; Diod.xvii. 72
; Plut. Alex. 38
; Q. Curt. v. 7, 3).