By Edward E. Cohen

this can be a pioneering research that examines the sale of intercourse in classical Athens from a advertisement (rather than from a cultural or ethical) viewpoint. Following the author's previous booklet on Athenian banking, this paintings analyzes erotic enterprise at Athens within the context of the Athenian financial system. For the Athenians, the social acceptability and ethical status of human exertions used to be mostly made up our minds through the stipulations less than which paintings used to be played. Pursued in a context attribute of servile recreation, prostitution--like all different types of slave labor--was contemptible. Pursued below stipulations applicable to non-servile recreation, prostitution--like all sorts of unfastened labor--was now not violative of Athenian paintings ethics. As a mercantile job, besides the fact that, prostitution was once no longer untouched via Athenian antagonism towards advertisement and handbook objectives; 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, during which the sale of intercourse, lawful and certainly pervasive at Athens, is gifted alluringly.

In a publication that would 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 via lady 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 probably contradictory phenomena of intensive sexual exploitation of slave prostitutes (male and feminine) coexisting with Athenian society's delight in its legislative security of slaves and minors opposed to sexual outrage.

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