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Greek prostitutes in the ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE-200 CE

Author: Allison Glazebrook; Madeleine Mary Henry
Publisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©2011.
Series: Wisconsin studies in classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE{u2013}200 CE challenges the often-romanticized view of the prostitute as an urbane and liberated courtesan by examining the social and economic realities of the sex industry in Greco-Roman culture. Departing from the conventional focus on elite society, these essays consider the Greek prostitute as displaced foreigner, slave, and member of an urban underclass.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allison Glazebrook; Madeleine Mary Henry
ISBN: 9780299235642 0299235645 9780299235635 0299235637
OCLC Number: 589017749
Description: xi, 324 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Why prostitues? Why Greek? Why now? / Allison Glazebrook and Madeleine M. Henry --
Traffic in women : from Homer to Hipponax, from war to commerce / Madeleine M. Henry ---
Porneion : prostitution in Athenian civic space / Allison Glazebrook --
Bringing the outside in : the Andrōn as brothel and the Symposium's civic sexuality / Sean Corner --
Woman + wine = prostitute in classical Athens? / Clare Kelly Blazeby --
Embodying sympotic pleasure : a visual pun on the body of an Aulētris / Helen A. Coccagna --
Sex for sale? Interpreting erotica in the Havana collection / Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz --
Brothels at Delos : the evidence for prostitution in the maritime world / T. Davina McClain and Nicholas K. Rauh --
Ballio's brothel, Phoenicium's letter, and the literary education of Greco-Roman prostitutes : the evidence of Plautus's Pseudolus / Judith P. Hallett --
Prostitutes, pimps, and political conspiracies during the Late Roman Republic / Nicholas K. Rauh --
Terminology of prostittuion in the Ancient Greek world / Konstantinos K. Kapparis --
Greek brothels and more / Thomas A.J. McGinn.
Series Title: Wisconsin studies in classics.
Responsibility: edited by Allison Glazebrook and Madeleine M. Henry.

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"Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE{u2013}200 CE challenges the often-romanticized view of the prostitute as an urbane and liberated courtesan by examining the social and economic realities of the sex industry in Greco-Roman culture. Departing from the conventional focus on elite society, these essays consider the Greek prostitute as displaced foreigner, slave, and member of an urban underclass. The contributors draw on a wide range of material and textual evidence to discuss portrayals of prostitutes on painted vases and in the literary tradition, their roles at symposia (Greek drinking parties), and their place in the everyday life of the polis. Reassessing many assumptions about the people who provided and purchased sexual services, this volume yields a new look at gender, sexuality, urbanism, and economy in the ancient Mediterranean world."--Publisher's description.

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Common prostitutes, such as those found in brothels, around harbors, and on the streets of ancient cities, have long been ignored in favor of their more glamorous counterpart, the hetaira. This Read more...

 
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