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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) point of view. Following the author's prior e-book on Athenian banking, this paintings analyzes erotic company at Athens within the context of the Athenian financial system. For the Athenians, the social acceptability and ethical status of human hard work was once principally made up our minds via the stipulations less than which paintings used to be played. Pursued in a context attribute of servile pastime, prostitution--like all varieties of slave labor--was contemptible. Pursued below stipulations applicable to non-servile undertaking, prostitution--like all kinds of loose labor--was no longer violative of Athenian paintings ethics. As a mercantile task, in spite of the fact that, prostitution used to be no longer 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 historical resources additionally adumbrate one other view, during 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 financial, criminal and social historians, and to classicists, the writer explores the excessive repayment earned by means of woman sexual marketers who frequently managed prostitutional companies that have been perpetuated from new release to new release 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 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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