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Title Greek prostitutes in the ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE-200 CE / edited by Allison Glazebrook and Madeleine M. Henry
Published Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 324 pages) : illustrations
Series Wisconsin studies in classics
Wisconsin studies in classics.
Contents Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations and Transliterations -- Introduction: Why Prostitutes? Why Greek? Why Now? / Allison Glazebrook and Madeleine M. Henry -- 1. The Traffic in Women: From Homer to Hipponax, from War to Commerce / Madeleine M. Henry -- 2. Porneion: Prostitution in Athenian Civic Space / Allison Glazebrook -- 3. Bringing the Outside In: The Andrōn as Brothel and the Symposium's Civic Sexuality / Sean Corner -- 4. Woman + Wine = Prostitute in Classical Athens? / Clare Kelly Blazeby -- 5. Embodying Sympotic Pleasure: A Visual Pun on the Body of an Aulētris / Helene A. Coccagna -- 6. Sex for Sale? Interpreting Erotica in the Havana Collection / Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz -- 7. The Brothels at Delos: The Evidence for Prostitution in the Maritime World / T. Davina McClain and Nicholas K. Rauh -- 8. Ballio's Brothel, Phoenicium's Letter, and the Literary Education of Greco-Roman Prostitutes: The Evidence of Plautus's Pseudolus / Judith P. Hallett -- 9. Prostitutes, Pimps, and Political Conspiracies during the Late Roman Republic / Nicholas K. Rauh -- 10. The Terminology of Prostitution in the Ancient Greek World / Konstantinos K. Kapparis -- Conclusion: Greek Brothels and More / Thomas A.J. McGinn -- References -- Contributors -- Index -- Index Locorum
Summary Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE-200 CE challenges the often-romanticized view of the prostitute as an urbane and liberated courtesan by examining the social and economic realities of the sex industry in Greco-Roman culture. Departing from the conventional focus on elite society, these essays consider the Greek prostitute as displaced foreigner, slave, and member of an urban underclass. The contributors draw on a wide range of material and textual evidence to discuss portrayals of prostitutes on painted vases and in the literary tradition, their roles at symposia (Greek drinking parties), and their place in the everyday life of the polis. Reassessing many assumptions about the people who provided and purchased sexual services, this volume yields a new look at gender, sexuality, urbanism, and economy in the ancient Mediterranean world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-291) and index
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Subject Prostitutes -- Greece -- History.
Prostitutes -- Rome -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Glazebrook, Allison, 1966-
Henry, Madeleine Mary, 1949-
ISBN 0299235637 (electronic bk.)
9780299235635 (electronic bk.)