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The World’s Oldest Profession: Examining Prostitution in Pompeii’s Brothel

September 20, 2022 @ 5:00 pm EDT

Collins Cinema at Wellesley College
106 Central St
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481


AIA Society: Boston

Lecturer: Sarah Levin-Richardson

[*This lecture will contain sexual content and is for mature audiences ONLY*] This talk brings to life Pompeii’s purpose-built brothel, the only assured brothel from Greco-Roman antiquity. We take a virtual tour of the structure’s material evidence, from architecture to ancient graffiti, plus the infamous erotic frescoes. In the process, we discover a world in which male and female prostitutes could flout the norms of society and proclaim themselves as sexual agents, where prostitutes and clients exchanged gifts, greetings, taunts, and praise, and where clients from all walks of life, from slaves to elite men, could act like free men. Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic (for lay reader)

 

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic (for lay reader):

[free] Times Literary Supplement podcast on The Brothel of Pompeii: https://play.acast.com/s/tlsvoices/39f6383e-2b60-44ec-98c8-20c283151c68

[free] Interview with Prof. Levin-Richardson about The Brothel of Pompeii on NOTCHES Blog: http://notchesblog.com/2020/03/26/the-brothel-of-pompeii/

[free] Introduction of The Brothel of Pompeii available on Academia.edu (login/account required): https://www.academia.edu/38779990/The_Brothel_of_Pompeii_Sex_Class_and_Gender_on_the_Margins_of_Roman_Society [$48.49+]The Brothel of Pompeii on amazon.com as e-book (https://www.amazon.com/Brothel-Pompeii-Gender-Margins-Society-ebook-dp-B07R79GWWS/dp/B07R79GWWS/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1583635572) or print book (https://www.amazon.com/Brothel-Pompeii-Gender-Margins-Society/dp/1108496873/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1583635572&sr=)

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September 20, 2022
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5:00 pm EDT
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Collins Cinema at Wellesley College
106 Central St
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
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