By Edward E. Cohen

this can be 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 previous e-book on Athenian banking, this paintings analyzes erotic company at Athens within the context of the Athenian economic climate. For the Athenians, the social acceptability and ethical status of human hard work was once mostly decided by way of the stipulations below which paintings used to be played. Pursued in a context attribute of servile undertaking, prostitution--like all sorts of slave labor--was contemptible. Pursued lower than stipulations applicable to non-servile undertaking, prostitution--like all sorts of unfastened labor--was no longer violative of Athenian paintings ethics. As a mercantile task, in spite of the fact that, prostitution was once no longer untouched by means of Athenian antagonism towards advertisement and guide goals; because the "business of sex," prostitution additional 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 publication that might be of curiosity to all scholars of intercourse and gender, to financial, criminal and social historians, and to classicists, the writer explores the excessive reimbursement earned by means of girl sexual marketers who frequently managed prostitutional companies that have been perpetuated from iteration 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 concentrating on male prostitutes functioning as governmental leaders, and explores the likely contradictory phenomena of in depth sexual exploitation of slave prostitutes (male and feminine) coexisting with Athenian society's satisfaction in its legislative safety of slaves and minors opposed to sexual outrage.

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