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Phryne was a wealthy and famous courtesan on trial before the Aeropagus either for murder or defamation of the Elusinian mysteries, and the verdict was going against her until her defender disrobed her and her beauty effected an acquittal. The following website has a lot of interesting information on the painter and the subject:http://patricknicholas.wordpress.com/tag/phryne-areopagus/