E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Phryne (2 syl.).
A courtesan or Athenian hetæra. She acquired so much wealth by her beauty that she offered to rebuild the walls of Thebes if she might put on them this inscription: Alexander destroyed them, but Phryn the hetæra rebuilt them. The Cnidian Venus of Praxitels was taken from this courtesan. Apelles picture of Venus Rising from the Sea was partly from his wife Campaspe, and partly from Phryn, who entered the sea with dishevelled hair as a model.