2017-06-09 13:16:52 UTC
"According to Plutarch, she was put on trial for impiety, with the comic poet Hermippus as prosecutor.[f] The historical nature of the accounts about these events is disputed, and apparently no harm came to her as a result.
In The Acharnians, Aristophanes blames Aspasia for the Peloponnesian War. He claims that the Megarian decree of Pericles, which excluded Megara from trade with Athens or its allies, was retaliation for prostitutes being kidnapped from the house of Aspasia by Megarians. "
Just for a change, let's consider this possibility. Pericles was certainly pivotal in bringing about the Peloponnesian War, which was certainly pivotal in the history of Classical Greece, which was certainly pivotal in the history of Western Civilization, as a whole. And, it seems clear that his brilliant mistress, Aspasia, had considerable influence on Pericles' oratorical style, and, quite possibly, his policies themselves. So, let's suppose that these two never get together. That shouldn't require any alien space bats at all, since love is such an unpredictable thing. How would this change history, if at all?
Bear in mind, traditional Athenian society kept most women at the level of virtual slaves, very much like traditional Japanese society. Aspasia was quite unusual for her time and place, in terms of her influence and power.