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The Brothel of Pompeii
Sex, Class, and Gender at the Margins of Roman Society

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108496872


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  • 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.

    • 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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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108496872
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 184 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 74 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Architecture
    2. Material finds
    3. Graffiti
    4. Frescoes
    5. Upper floor
    Part II:
    6. Male clients
    7. Female prostitutes
    8. Male prostitutes.

  • Author

    Sarah Levin-Richardson, University of Washington
    Sarah Levin-Richardson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Washington. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the American Academy in Rome and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Her co-written article 'Lusty Ladies in the Roman Imaginary' received the Barbara McManus Award for Best Published Paper from the Women's Classical Caucus in 2017.

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