I know the rule on this blog is to provide a nice little image to illustrate the matter at hand, but the gentle reader will pardon me if I forgo it in this particular case: today’s item on Lacus is another Smith’s Dictionary article: Hieroduli. It’s about temple slaves, some of it involving prostitution; if so inclined of course, you may supply your own illustration. It’s not as prudish an article as one often reads for the mid-19c, but there’s really no need to be as prurient as our age seems to enjoy, so a happy balance is struck. The value of the article, again, lies in its collecting the classical loci.

2 Responses to Hieroduli

  1. judithweingarten says:

    Temple prostitution (if you’ll pardon me for saying so) is a clapped out concept. See most recently S. Budin, The Myth of Sacred Prostitution in Antiquity, 2008 (reviewed in BMCR [http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2009/2009-04-28.html] and much discussed elsewhere on-line).

    All good wishes,


  2. Bill Thayer says:

    Thanks for the heads-up Judith! I’ve tacked a note onto the article in this very old resource.

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