Slavery was an accepted practice in ancient Greece , as in other societies of the time. Some Ancient Greek writers including, most notably, Aristotle described slavery as natural and even necessary. This paradigm was notably questioned in Socratic dialogues ; the Stoics produced the first recorded condemnation of slavery. The principal use of slaves was in agriculture, but they were also used in stone quarries or mines, and as domestic servants.
Slavery in ancient Greece
The truth about sex in ancient Greece
James Robson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. A new exhibition at the British Museum promises to lift the lid on what beauty meant for the ancient Greeks. But while we gaze at the serene marble statues on display — straining male torsos and soft female flesh — are we seeing what the ancients saw? The feelings that beautiful faces and bodies rouse in us no doubt seem both personal and instinctive — just as they presumably did for the ancient Greeks who first made and enjoyed these artworks. But our reactions are inevitably shaped by the society we live in. Greek attitudes towards sex were different from our own, but are all those myths about the sex lives of the ancient Greeks true? And how does this affect how we view the art?
Prostitution in ancient Greece
Prostitution was a common aspect of ancient Greece. It was far from being clandestine; cities did not condemn brothels , but rather only instituted regulations on them. In Athens , the legendary lawmaker Solon is credited with having created state brothels with regulated prices. Prostitution involved both sexes differently; women of all ages and young men were prostitutes, for a predominantly male clientele. Simultaneously, extramarital relations with a free woman were severely dealt with.
Wikimedia Commons. By Dr. The claim was made by no other than Socrates, whose testimony was recorded by Plato. Bust of Aspasia, identified through an inscription. Marble, Roman copy after an Hellenistic original.