9780472113620

The Economy of Prostitution in the Roman World: A Study of Social History and the Brothel

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    9780472113620

  • ISBN10:

    0472113623

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-03-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
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Summary

In recent years, a number of classical scholars have turned their attention to prostitution in the ancient world. Close examination of the social and legal position of Roman meretrices and Greek hetairai have enriched our understanding of ancient sexual relationships and the status of women in these societies. These studies have focused, however, almost exclusively on the legal and literary evidence. McGinn approaches the issues from a new direction, by studying the physical venues that existed for the sale of sex, in the context of the Roman economy. Combining textual and material evidence, he provides a detailed study of Roman brothels and other venues of venal sex (from imperial palaces and privates houses to taverns, circuses, and back alleys) focusing on their forms, functions, and urban locations. The book covers the central period of Roman history, roughly from 200 B.C. to A.D. 250. It will especially interest social and legal historians of the ancient world, and students of gender, sexuality, and the family. Thomas A. J. McGinn is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Author Biography

Thomas A. J. McGinn is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Vanderbilt University

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xiii
Abbreviations xv
Urban Renewal
1(13)
Design of the Book
Brothels in History
Definitions
Plan of the Book
Basic Economics
14(64)
The Enterprise of Venal Sex
The Milieu of Prostitution
Ownership of Brothels
Operation of Brothels Prices
Recruitment
Prostitution and the Roman Economy
Zoning Shame
78(34)
Where the Boys Are
Bad Company Christian Topography
Augustinian Policy
Honor and Erotic Art
112(22)
Pornography as Representation
Things Seen and Heard
Women and Children First
The Forces of Law and Order
134(33)
Vice versus Squad
Constructive Policy Official Business
``Sex Clubs''
The Local Demographics of Venal Sex
167(15)
Brothels per Capita
Prostitutes per Capita
Sybaris on the Sarno
The Great Pompeian Brothel-Gap
182(38)
Eminent Victorians
Counting Brothels
Defining Brothel
Cribs
Adultery and Brothels
The Best of All Possible Brothels
220(20)
Out of Pompeii
The Name of the Rose
Love Shack
The City of Venus
240(16)
Sex and the City
Moral Geography
Leaving Las Vegas
256(47)
APPENDICES
One. A Catalog of Possible Brothels at Pompeii
267(24)
Two. A Catalog of Possible Cribs at Pompeii
291(4)
Three. A Catalog of Possible Prostitutes at Pompeii
295(8)
Bibliography 303(30)
Index of Sources 333(18)
Index of Persons 351(4)
Index of Subjects 355

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