Note that I have not indicated lacunae and reconstructed readings with brackets, subscripted dots, etc.
We have looked at all the main ancient sources for the supposed practice and come away skeptical.
104-108 for general discussion of the issue.Acts 19:35 a boast which has been found on inscriptions excavated there.27 I have simply presented her statements as typical of the popular notion about sacred prostitution in ancient Ephesus."Ulpia Euodia Mudiane the Priestess of Artemis, daughter of Mudianus and of Euodia the descendant of (Upius) Strato and (daughter) of Dionisius, whose family often held the office of Priestess and Kosmeteira, sister of Ulpia Strato the Kosmeteira, performed the rites and made all the.
this is not cult prostitution in either our whore of the year narrow or broad definition.
Temple sex, according to the "Encyclopedia of Theology and the Church was a "moral and hygienic plague spot on the body of the people.".
Prostitutes were regularly regarded as devotees of Aphrodite in Greek literature, but that does not make them cult prostitutes per.Greek Corinth, as is well known, was destroyed.Hence it was inevitable that Pauls message of Christianity should arouse their indignation because it jeopardized their trade.It was not unusual for (secular!) hetairai to be owned by private individuals or by brothel ownersthe latter practice was regarded as "base and unseemly by mankind" by the way (Dio Chrysostom,.64 BC-AD 21 regarding ancient Corinth.42 Therefore, we necessarily have girls from wealthy and aristocratic families serving as priestesses of Artemis; no one else could afford the required expenses.20 If we were to look further into the issue more broadly, we could sample some of the abundant material on hetairai and concubines in antiquity.Should we consider someone a Roman who does not evidence the full tria nomina and tribus (e.g.51 This is inconsistent with them being in Artemis's service.Timarete, the daughter of Timaretos, before her wedding, has dedicated her tambourine, her pretty ball, the net that shielded her hair, her hair, and her girls' dresses to Artemis of the Lake, a girl to a girl, as is fit.
35 The abbreviation IvE refers to the standard collection of inscriptions from Ephesus:.
"Rich and haughty" women, the ancient Greek historian railed, arrived in "covered chariots.".
40 In some cases, both the woman's own ancestry would be included if it were considered prestigious;.g.