An Introduction to Sex and Prostitution in Ancient Greece

An Introduction to Sex and Prostitution in Ancient Greece : The History of Prostitution

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An Introduction to Sex and Prostitution in Ancient Greece - William W. Sanger - The History of Prostitution. The Greek mythology supposes obviously a relaxed state of public morals. What period in the history of the nation it may be assumed to reflect is, however, by no means certain. It is not reasonable to suppose that the Homeric poems were composed for immodest audiences, and it would perhaps be fairer to lay the blame of the mythological indecencies at the door of the age which polished and improved upon them, rather than of that which is entitled to the credit of their conception in the rough. Our first reliable information regarding the morals of the Greek women, passing over, for the present, the legislation ascribed to Lycurgus, is found in the ordinances of Solon. Draco is supposed to have affixed the penalty of death indiscriminately to rape, seduction, and adultery. It has been conjectured that the safety-valve used at that time, ordinary prostitution being unknown, was a system of religious prostitution in the temples, borrowed from and analogous to the plan already described. This, however, is mere conjecture. Solon, while softening the rigors of the Draconian code, by law formally established houses of prostitution at Athens, and filled them with female slaves. They were called Dicteria, and the female tenants Dicteriades.show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 2.54mm | 108.86g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514101041
  • 9781514101049