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By Edward E. Cohen

ISBN-10: 0190275928

ISBN-13: 9780190275921

ISBN-10: 0190889500

ISBN-13: 9780190889500

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 past e-book 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 was once mostly decided by means of the stipulations less than which paintings used to be played. Pursued in a context attribute of servile pastime, prostitution--like all sorts of slave labor--was contemptible. Pursued below stipulations applicable to non-servile recreation, prostitution--like all types of unfastened labor--was no longer violative of Athenian paintings ethics. As a mercantile task, despite the fact that, prostitution used to be now not untouched via Athenian antagonism towards advertisement and handbook targets; because the "business of sex," prostitution additional evoked negativity from segments of Greek opinion uncomfortable with any type of carnality. but historic assets additionally adumbrate one other view, within which the sale of intercourse, lawful and certainly pervasive at Athens, is gifted alluringly.

In a e-book that would be of curiosity to all scholars of intercourse and gender, to fiscal, felony and social historians, and to classicists, the writer explores the excessive reimbursement earned via lady 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 concentrating on male prostitutes functioning as governmental leaders, and explores the doubtless contradictory phenomena of intensive 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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