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Author McGinn, Thomas A. J.

Title Prostitution, sexuality, and the law in ancient Rome / Thomas A.J. McGinn
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1998
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 416 pages)
Summary "This book is a study of the legal rules affecting the practice of female prostitution in Rome from approximately 200 B.C. to A.D. 250. It examines the formation and precise content of the legal norms developed for prostitution and those engaged in the profession, with close attention to their social context. The main focus of the study is to evaluate the extent to which the legal and political authorities were able to adapt this aspect of the legal system to the needs of contemporary society; in other words, it aims to explore the "fit" between the legal system and the socioeconomic reality. The book also attempts to shed light on important questions concerning marginal groups, marriage, sexual behavior, the family, slavery, and citizen status, especially the status of women." "This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of classical studies, women's studies, and gender studies."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-390) and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Prostitutes -- Rome -- Social conditions.
Prostitution (Roman law)
Prostitution -- Rome.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0195087852
0585304882 (electronic bk.)
9780585304885 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)