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Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World
Oxbow says: This collection of fourteen studies on the subject of prostitutes and courtesans covers a great deal of ancient history from ancient Mesopotamia to the early Christian period. First delivered as papers at a conference held in Madison-Wisconsin in 2002, the contributors approach the subject from a number of perspectives and use a range of different source materi ...more
Paperback, 1st edition Wisconsin Studies in Classics, 360 pages
Published February 6th 2006 by University of Wisconsin Press
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The papers collected in this book survey various aspects of prostitution in the ancient Mediterranean world. They provide a fresh insight into the lives of the women who were involved in the sex business in all of its forms. I found the book to be interesting and informative. The authors write in an engaging style and are obviously very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
This was a really fascinating read - not too far out of my wheelhouse, but the first book I have tackled that dealt primarily with gender, or rather that most ubiquitous of careers for women in the ancient world: prostitution. The various essays in this volume offer a plethora of factoids and digressions that illuminate ancient philosophy, tragedy, comedy and social mores in the Greco-Roman world.