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[6] Twice a day, as they say, on going out and on coming in from the market-place, he would salute her with a loving kiss.

But in the comedies she is styled now the New Omphale, now Deianeira, and now Hera. Cratinus1 flatly called her a prostitute in these lines:—

As his Hera, Aspasia was born, the child of Unnatural Lust,
A prostitute past shaming.
And it appears also that he begat from her that bastard son about whom Eupolis, in his ‘Demes,’ represented him as inquiring with these words:—
And my bastard, doth he live?
to which Myronides replies:—
Yea, and long had been a man,
Had he not feared the mischief of his harlot-birth.

1 In his ‘Cheirons’, Kock, Com. Att. Frag. i. p. 86.

2 Kock, Com. Att. Frag. i. p. 282

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