Event Title

Sexual Prowess: the Social Importance of Hetaira in Classical Athens

Graduation Year

2013

Location

Room E105, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

20-4-2013 11:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2013 12:00 PM

Description

Long thought to be simply prostitutes, hetaira were actually very educated and, more often than not, wealthier women who were very shrewd in business as well as sexual activities. This paper will examine the social importance of hetairai in Classical Athens through archaeological evidence. The evidence that will be used will be predominantly red-figure pottery, but also some archeological sites in Athens will be examined. The moral opinion of prostitution in general will be discussed in conjunction with the success of the brothels located in Classical Athens. Along with the discussion of moral opinion, a brief overview will be made of the vocabulary used in Ancient Greek connotations when describing prostitutes and brothels.

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Apr 20th, 11:00 AM Apr 20th, 12:00 PM

Sexual Prowess: the Social Importance of Hetaira in Classical Athens

Room E105, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Long thought to be simply prostitutes, hetaira were actually very educated and, more often than not, wealthier women who were very shrewd in business as well as sexual activities. This paper will examine the social importance of hetairai in Classical Athens through archaeological evidence. The evidence that will be used will be predominantly red-figure pottery, but also some archeological sites in Athens will be examined. The moral opinion of prostitution in general will be discussed in conjunction with the success of the brothels located in Classical Athens. Along with the discussion of moral opinion, a brief overview will be made of the vocabulary used in Ancient Greek connotations when describing prostitutes and brothels.