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HYGEIAINIC THEMES IN THE HOLY ROOMANIA’s EMPIRE (IIIast)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 27/10/15) Syphilis In fact, he had most likely not caught leprosy (which is not transmitted by sexual contact) but venereal syphilis, just like Heron, a young monk of Scetis who, ‘being on fire’, left his cell in … Continue reading

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HYGEIAINIC THEMES IN THE HOLY ROOMANIA’s EMPIRE (II)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 15/12/14) Poor prostitutes Only a few courtesans could climb the social ladder in this phenomenal way. Most prostitutes who worked in brothels and tavernae and are described as pornai, were slaves or illiterate peasant girls like Mary … Continue reading

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HYGEIAINIC THEMES IN THE HOLY ROOMANIA’s EMPIRE (I)

Brothels, Baths and Babes  Prostitution in the Byzantine Holy Land Graeco-Roman domestic sexuality rested on a triad: the wife, the concubine and the courtesan. The fourth century BC Athenian orator Apollodoros made it very clear in his speech Against Neaira … Continue reading

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