With This Body I Thee Worship: Sacred Prostitution in Antiquity

The full text article is temporarily unavailable.

We apologise for the inconvenience. Please try again later.

Download / Buy Article:

Abstract:

Why do ancient writers tell us that sacred prostitutes massed on the citadel of ancient Corinth? What are we to make of Herodotus' famous account of the ancient customs of Babylon? Beard and Henderson examine the formation of the discourse of sacred, or cultic, prostitution both in classical texts and modern scholarship. They take a sceptical position on the existence, in Greece and the Near East, of institutions traditionally envisaged as `sacred prostitution' and explore the uses which have been, and are still, found for such myth-making with the bodies of women, whether in the form of a `marriage-market' or of various kinds of `sacred prostitution'.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Cambridge

Publication date: November 1, 1997

Related content

Tools

Favourites

Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more