This webinar lecture is entitled "Prostitution in the Immor(t)al City: Investigating Pompeii's Brothel".
This webinar will contain Sexual Content and is for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.
Abstract: 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 (including 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.