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Lechers and Beggars

Sergey A. Ivanov and Simon Franklin

in Holy Fools in Byzantium and Beyond

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199272518
eISBN:
9780191709746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272518.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

By the 6th century holy foolery had broken out of the monastic enclosures and gone public. The motif of a saint who pretends to be a lecher and visits whorehouses becomes popular. John Climacus is ... More


The Sociology of Prostitution in Antiquity in the Context of Pagan and Christian Writings

Hans Herter and Linwood DeLong

in Sex and Difference in Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748613199
eISBN:
9780748651016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613199.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the attitude of Christianity toward prostitution compared with the way that prostitution was regarded in secular antiquity. Prostitutes belonged chiefly, if not exclusively, to ... More


Alain de Lille, De Plandu Naturae: The Vulgar Whorehouses of the Earth

David Rollo

in Kiss My Relics: Hermaphroditic Fictions of the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226724614
eISBN:
9780226724607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226724607.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Nature habitually resides among the hieratic mysteries of the divine, inaccessible to men and women and accordingly beyond their ken. In the view of Nature, to condescend to humanity, as she ... More


Alain de Lille, De planctu Naturae: Varied Colors of Venereal Discourse

David Rollo

in Kiss My Relics: Hermaphroditic Fictions of the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226724614
eISBN:
9780226724607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226724607.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The necessary recourse to falsigraphia brings pleasures of its own. These, obviously, differ from the joys Nature professes to have attempted to institute when God created her as his amanuensis. But ... More


Daughters of the Sun and Moon

Scott Zesch

in The Chinatown War: Chinese Los Angeles and the Massacre of 1871

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199758760
eISBN:
9780190254445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199758760.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter focuses on the experiences of the earliest Chinese women immigrants to America, with particular reference to those who were forced into prostitution. It first considers how Chinese women ... More


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