Making a Meretrix

history of prostitution

Domina Marcella wants to create a sex worker persona who walks the streets of ancient Rome to ply her trade. Specifically a registered middle class prostitute called a Meretrix. We discuss how perfect Roman clothes are for when it’s terribly hot outside, and start to build her Roman persona around her wardrobe choices and interests. We also have a great deal of fun chatting about our fond memories ogling men together.

Show Notes-

The amazing Stoya shares a few thoughts on whorearchy.

Australian sex worker and sex work activist Tilly Lawless explains the horrible ways whorearchy affects all sex workers.

Learn more about War of the Rams, the medieval war that happens right before Thanksgiving in Texas!

The Society for Creative Anachronism has several inter-kingdom wars that happen throughout the year. Find a medieval war near you and go check it out! We’re very friendly, and usually keep some medieval clothes on hand to share with our modern friends.

Mary Beard discusses sex in ancient Rome and why your station mattered a lot in whether or not you got a chance to fulfill your sexuality. Dr. Beard is one of my favorite Roman historians and I recommend her series Meet the Romans in particular if you like how she looks at ancient Rome.

Wikipedia has a fairly good overview of Prostitution in ancient Rome.

An interesting discussion on the place of prostitution in Roman society on The Partial Historians podcast

Talk to us!

And, of course, you can always call us at 440-4WHORES.

 

Episode Credits-

Sound Engineering: Evan Meier

  • Intro Music: The King of Denmark’s Galliard, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Perfomed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen. Sounds provided by ZapSplat and AmbientMixer.
  • Courtesan Theatre: Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C major, RV. 537 (Rondeau arr.) – I. Allegro, written by Antonio Vivaldi. Performed by Michel Rondeau. Provided by MusOpen. Mistress Nichols Almand, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Perfomed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen. “Courtesan’s To Do List” by Honesta Domina Calpurnia Fortunata. Read more of her wonderful poetry at Optimus Fortuna Domus, The House of Best Fortune.
  • Life Hacks for Courtiers: Mr. John Langton’s Pavan, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Perfomed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen. Mr. George Whitehead his Almand, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Perfomed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen.

Podcast ambience provided by ZapSplat and Tabletop Audio.

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