Little is known about her family except that her father's name was Axiochus, although it is evident that she must have belonged to a wealthy family, for only the well-to-do could have afforded the excellent education that she received.
Discovered in 1777, this marble herm is a Roman copy of a 5th-century BC original and may represent Aspasia's funerary stele.
was an influential immigrant to Classical-era Athens who was the lover and partner of the statesman Pericles.
The couple had a son, Pericles the Younger, but the full details of the couple's marital status are unknown.
According to Plutarch, her house became an intellectual centre in Athens, attracting the most prominent writers and thinkers, including the philosopher Socrates.
It has also been suggested that the teachings of Aspasia influenced Socrates.
Aspasia was mentioned in the writing of philosophers Plato, Aristophanes, Xenophon, and other authors of the day.
Though she spent most of her adult life in Greece, few details of her life are fully known.
Some scholars suggest that Aspasia was a brothel keeper and a prostitute.
Aspasia's role in history provides crucial insight to the understanding of the women of ancient Greece.
Very little is known about women from her time period.
One scholar stated that, "To ask questions about Aspasia's life is to ask questions about half of humanity." Aspasia was born in the Ionian Greek city of Miletus (in the modern province of Aydın, Turkey).