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Athenian Prostitution: The Business of Sex

Edward E. Cohen


This is a study that examines the sale of sex in classical Athens from a commercial (rather than from a cultural or moral) perspective. As a mercantile activity, however, prostitution was not untouched by elite Athenian antagonism toward business; as the “business of sex,” prostitution further evoked negativity from segments of Greek opinion uncomfortable with any form of carnality. Yet ancient sources also adumbrate another view, in which the sale of sex, lawful and indeed pervasive at Athens, is presented alluringly. The book explores the high compensation earned by female sexual entrepreneu ... More

Keywords: prostitution, business, sale of sex, sexual exploitation, female sexual entrepreneurs, sexual contracts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190275921
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190275921.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward E. Cohen, author
Adjunct Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania