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.