The Brothel of Pompeii
Sex, Class, and Gender at the Margins of Roman Society
- Author: Sarah Levin-Richardson, University of Washington
In this book, Sarah Levin-Richardson offers the first authoritative examination of Pompeii's purpose-built brothel, the only verifiable brothel from Greco-Roman antiquity. Taking readers on a tour of all of the structure's evidence, including the rarely seen upper floor, she illuminates the subculture housed within its walls. Here, prostitutes could flout the norms of society and proclaim themselves sexual subjects and agents, while servile clients were allowed to act as 'real men'. Prostitutes and clients also exchanged gifts, greetings, jokes, taunts, and praise. Written in a clear, engaging style, and accompanied by an ample illustration program and translations of humorous and haunting graffiti, Levin-Richardson's book will become a new touchstone for those interested in the history of women, slavery, and prostitution in the classical world.Read more
- Collects and analyzes all of the purpose-built brothel's material evidence
- The appendix offers translations of all of the brothel's graffiti
- Focuses on the real individuals who worked in and patronized the establishment
- Incorporates comparative material on prostitution and employs feminist methodologies
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- Date Published: May 2019
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108751841
- contains: 74 b/w illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
2. Material finds
5. Upper floor
6. Male clients
7. Female prostitutes
8. Male prostitutes.
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