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) viewpoint. Following the author's past booklet on Athenian banking, this paintings analyzes erotic enterprise 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 made up our minds via the stipulations less than which paintings was once played. Pursued in a context attribute of servile recreation, prostitution--like all varieties of slave labor--was contemptible. Pursued below stipulations applicable to non-servile recreation, prostitution--like all different types of loose labor--was no longer violative of Athenian paintings ethics. As a mercantile job, even though, prostitution was once now not untouched by way of Athenian antagonism towards advertisement and guide ambitions; because the "business of sex," prostitution extra evoked negativity from segments of Greek opinion uncomfortable with any type of carnality. but old assets additionally adumbrate one other view, within which the sale of intercourse, lawful and certainly pervasive at Athens, is gifted alluringly.

In a ebook that might be of curiosity to all scholars of intercourse and gender, to monetary, felony and social historians, and to classicists, the writer explores the excessive reimbursement earned through girl sexual marketers who usually managed prostitutional companies that have been perpetuated from iteration 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 focusing on male prostitutes functioning as governmental leaders, and explores the likely contradictory phenomena of intensive sexual exploitation of slave prostitutes (male and feminine) coexisting with Athenian society's satisfaction in its legislative security of slaves and minors opposed to sexual outrage.

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