Athenian Prostitution: The Business of Sex by Edward E. Cohen

By Edward E. Cohen

it is a pioneering examine that examines the sale of intercourse in classical Athens from a advertisement (rather than from a cultural or ethical) point of view. Following the author's prior ebook on Athenian banking, this paintings analyzes erotic enterprise at Athens within the context of the Athenian economic system. For the Athenians, the social acceptability and ethical status of human hard work used to be principally made up our minds via the stipulations below which paintings used to be played. Pursued in a context attribute of servile exercise, prostitution--like all varieties of slave labor--was contemptible. Pursued lower than stipulations applicable to non-servile undertaking, prostitution--like all sorts of loose labor--was now not violative of Athenian paintings ethics. As a mercantile task, notwithstanding, prostitution used to be no longer untouched via Athenian antagonism towards advertisement and guide targets; because the "business of sex," prostitution extra evoked negativity from segments of Greek opinion uncomfortable with any kind of carnality. but historic assets additionally adumbrate one other view, during which the sale of intercourse, lawful and certainly pervasive at Athens, is gifted alluringly.

In a e-book that may be of curiosity to all scholars of intercourse and gender, to fiscal, criminal and social historians, and to classicists, the writer explores the excessive reimbursement earned by way of girl sexual marketers who frequently managed prostitutional companies that have been perpetuated from new release to new release on a matrilineal foundation, and that benefitted from legislative regulations on pimping. the writer juxtaposes the frequent perform of "prostitution pursuant to written agreement" with laws concentrating on male prostitutes functioning as governmental leaders, and explores the doubtless contradictory phenomena of in depth sexual exploitation of slave prostitutes (male and feminine) coexisting with Athenian society's delight in its legislative safety of slaves and minors opposed to sexual outrage.

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