Dangerous emotions in slavery

I have recently co-organised with Kostas Vlassopoulos a conference in Nottingham under the auspices of ISOS, the well known international centre for the study of slavery. The topic of the conference was Sex and Slavery and it included papers from all periods and geographical areas; it was meant to be comparative (both diachronically and geographically). The discussion was especially fruitful also because the respondents brought sometimes radically opposing viewpoints. Unlike other conferences of... »

Ancient practices affect modern sex workers

Rogueclassicist brought to my attention the following advertisement for platform shoes. I checked out the shoes and they look like ancient kothornoi… With fluorescent lights. They are a shiny example of the influence of ancient history in modern sex industry. I think that the minister of education will be very happy to see that classics has an impact on the wider economy! I seriously doubt, though, that prostitutes in ancient Athens would have managed to leave traces on the road with their... »