Prostitution

Monti, Giustina (2021) Prostitution. In: The Herodotus Encyclopedia. Wiley, pp. 1185-1186. ISBN 9781118689646

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The first mention of the practice of prostitution in the Histories concerns the Lydians (1.93-94), and three different terms are employed to describe it. Herodotus depicts it as related to economic reasons, whereas sacred prostitution seems to be performed among the Babylonians (1.196-99). Prostitution is also linked to the Egyptians, with the courtesan Rhodopis (2.134-35) playing an important role among them, since, in her case, the word hetaira bearing the meaning of “prostitute” is used for the first time in Greek literature.

Keywords:Babylonians, Cheops, hetaerae, Lydia, Mycerinus, Rhodopis, sacred prostitution, Herodotus
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V110 Ancient History
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q800 Classical studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:45143
Deposited On:09 Jun 2021 09:07

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