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The Myth of Sacred Prostitution in Antiquity
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Publication date January 14, 2008
Pages 366
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780521880909
ISBN-10 0521880904
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.40 lbs.
Original list price $120.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: In this study, Stephanie Budin demonstrates that sacred prostitution, the sale of a person's body for sex in which some or all of the money earned was devoted to a deity or a temple, did not exist in the ancient world. Reconsidering the evidence from the ancient Near East, the Greco-Roman texts, and the Early Christian authors, Budin shows that the majority of sources that have traditionally been understood as pertaining to sacred prostitution actually have nothing to do with this institution. The few texts that are usually invoked on this subject are, moreover, terribly misunderstood. Furthermore, contrary to many current hypotheses, the creation of the myth of sacred prostitution has nothing to do with notions of accusation or the construction of a decadent, Oriental "Other." Instead, the myth has come into being as a result of more than 2,000 years of misinterpretations, false assumptions, and faulty methodology. The study of sacred prostitution is, effectively, a historiographical reckoning.

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from Cambridge Univ Pr (January 14, 2008)
9780521880909 | details & prices | 366 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $120.00
About: In this study, Stephanie Budin demonstrates that sacred prostitution, the sale of a person's body for sex in which some or all of the money earned was devoted to a deity or a temple, did not exist in the ancient world.
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9780521178044 | details & prices | 366 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 1.24 lbs | List price $54.99
About: In this study, Stephanie Budin demonstrates that sacred prostitution, the sale of a person's body for sex in which some or all of the money earned was devoted to a deity or a temple, did not exist in the ancient world.

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