Bilistiche (Greek: Βιλιστίχη) or Belistiche was a Hellenistic courtesan of uncertain origin. According to Pausanias, she was a Macedonian; according to Athenaeus, an Argive (which was an ancient Greek royal house and the ruling dynasty of Macedon); according to Plutarch, a foreign slave bought from the marketplace. She won the tethrippon and synoris horse races in the 264 BC Olympic Games. She became a mistress of Ptolemy II Philadelphus and was deified by him as Aphrodite Bilistiche. According to Clement of Alexandria, she was buried under the shrine of Sarapis in Alexandria.
- Belistiche in Pausanias; Belestiche in Plutarch; Blistichis in Clement (Protrepticus 4.42); Philistaikhus in Eusebius (Chronikon); Bilistiche in pCairZen 2.59289.
- Pausanias. Description of Greece, 5.8.11. "Later they added a pair of foals and a ridden foal: they say Belistiche, a woman from the coast of Macedonia, won with the pair, and Tlepolemos the Lykian was proclaimed for the ridden foal, Tlepolemos at the hundred and thirty-first Olympics and Belistiche two games before."
- Athenaeus. Deipnosophists, 13.596e.
- Plutarch. Moralia, 753e.
- Pomeroy 1990, pp. 53–55; Golden 2008, pp. 18–19.
- Clement of Alexandria. Protrepticus, 4.48.2-3.
- Chris Bennett - Bilistiche
- Kosmetatou, Elizabeth. "Bilistiche and the Quasi-Institutional Status of Ptolemaic Royal Mistress". Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete. Volume 50, Issue 1, Pages 18–36, ISSN (Online) 1867-1551, ISSN (Print) 0066-6459, 2004.[permanent dead link] doi:10.1515/apf.2004.50.1.18