The Job of Sex: The social and economic role of prostitutes in ancient Mesopotamia

@inproceedings{Cooper2016TheJO,
  title={The Job of Sex: The social and economic role of prostitutes in ancient Mesopotamia},
  author={Jerrold Cooper and Brigitte Lion and C{\'e}cile Michel},
  year={2016}
}
Prostitution certainly cannot be shown to be Mesopotamia’s “oldest profession,” but it is attested quite early, from at least the mid-third millennium.1 It is an occupation that, in its practice, as Brigitte Lion has noted (2013: 398), “has left practically no written trace,” and involved, again in her words, a “transaction (...) payable in cash, which made it unnecessary to document on a tablet.” Of course, as Lion implies, this lack of documentation is not a peculiar feature of prostitution… 
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