There has been a growing interest in books about the sex trade and prostitution in recent years, including Edward Cohen’s Athenian Prostitution: The Business of Sex (2015) and Konstantinos Kapparis’s Prostitution in the Ancient Greek World (2018). Allison Glazebrook contributes to this subject, approaching sex trade from a different angle. Specifically, her focus is on the “type” of the “sex laborer” in forensic orations and how the “sex laborer” was “problematized in relation to gender, the body, sexuality, the family, urban space, and the polis” (p. 5). Glazebrook situates her current work in modern literature, which relies on the study of Athenian forensic oratory as an invaluable source for the reconstruction of aspects of Athenian attitudes, popular views, and social realities. She focuses on five “key speeches in full” (p. 4) in order to explore “sexual labor” in the Athenian courts (see her introduction). The aim of the book is...

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