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By Edward E. Cohen

ISBN-10: 0190275928

ISBN-13: 9780190275921

ISBN-10: 0190889500

ISBN-13: 9780190889500

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) standpoint. Following the author's prior booklet on Athenian banking, this paintings analyzes erotic enterprise at Athens within the context of the Athenian economic system. For the Athenians, the social acceptability and ethical status of human exertions used to be principally decided by way of the stipulations lower than which paintings was once played. Pursued in a context attribute of servile undertaking, prostitution--like all types of slave labor--was contemptible. Pursued below stipulations acceptable to non-servile pastime, prostitution--like all sorts of unfastened labor--was no longer violative of Athenian paintings ethics. As a mercantile task, besides the fact that, prostitution was once now not untouched by means of Athenian antagonism towards advertisement and handbook targets; because the "business of sex," prostitution additional evoked negativity from segments of Greek opinion uncomfortable with any kind 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 e-book that might be of curiosity to all scholars of intercourse and gender, to monetary, criminal and social historians, and to classicists, the writer explores the excessive reimbursement earned through woman 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 common perform of "prostitution pursuant to written agreement" with laws focusing on male prostitutes functioning as governmental leaders, and explores the possible contradictory phenomena of intensive sexual exploitation of slave prostitutes (male and feminine) coexisting with Athenian society's delight in its legislative safeguard of slaves and minors opposed to sexual outrage.

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