Roman Prostitutes and Marginalization

Thomas A. J. McGinn

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195188004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Roman Prostitutes and Marginalization

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This article examines the marginalization of Roman prostitutes. It first looks at how prostitutes were marginalized, including the mechanisms that were used to move them to the very edges of Roman society. It then identifies the reasons why prostitutes were marginalized. The article also studies the meaning of marginalization for Roman prostitutes and prostitution.

Keywords: prostitutes; prostitution; marginalization

Article.  8272 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History ; Gender and Sexuality

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