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

By Edward E. Cohen

this can be a pioneering learn that examines the sale of intercourse in classical Athens from a advertisement (rather than from a cultural or ethical) standpoint. Following the author's prior publication on Athenian banking, this paintings analyzes erotic company at Athens within the context of the Athenian economic system. For the Athenians, the social acceptability and ethical status of human exertions used to be principally decided by way of the stipulations below which paintings used to be played. Pursued in a context attribute of servile undertaking, prostitution--like all varieties of slave labor--was contemptible. Pursued lower than stipulations applicable to non-servile recreation, prostitution--like all types of unfastened labor--was now not violative of Athenian paintings ethics. As a mercantile task, in spite of the fact that, prostitution was once no longer untouched by way of Athenian antagonism towards advertisement and handbook targets; because the "business of sex," prostitution extra evoked negativity from segments of Greek opinion uncomfortable with any kind of carnality. but old 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, felony and social historians, and to classicists, the writer explores the excessive repayment earned through girl sexual marketers who usually managed prostitutional companies that have been perpetuated from new release to iteration 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 focusing on male prostitutes functioning as governmental leaders, and explores the probably contradictory phenomena of intensive sexual exploitation of slave prostitutes (male and feminine) coexisting with Athenian society's satisfaction in its legislative safeguard of slaves and minors opposed to sexual outrage.

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