Sarah Levin-Richardson Pompeii’s brothel is the only verifiable brothel from Greco-Roman antiquity. The Brothel of Pompeii: Sex, Class and Gender at the Margins of Roman Society (Cambridge University Press, 2019) tells its story. Taking readers on a tour of all of the purpose-built structure’s evidence, including the rarely seen upper floor, […]
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Australia’s female prostitute-pickpockets forged strong criminal networks and emotional bonds between the 1860s and the 1920s.
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