Prostitutes in ancient Greece led lives of slavery and poverty, new book says
Published on February 17 2011
Popular culture depicts them as richly painted courtesans of means, but the life of the average prostitute in ancient Greece was one of slavery and poverty, says Allison Glazebrook.
The associate professor of Classics at Brock is co-editor of Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, which will be released Feb. 18 from University of Wisconsin Press. New research in the volume shows that even for many courtesans surrounded by wealth and connections, slavery was the norm and independence was elusive.