Roman Prostitution Through Plautus’ Theatre


  • María Teresa de Luque Morales University of Cordoba, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts image/svg+xml



prostitution, Roman Republic, theatre, comedies, Plautus


The main issue addressed in this paper is the study of the prostitution business in the mid-Republican period from the point of view of theatre. Theatre appeared in Rome in 240 BC, and, from that time on, we find plays that are of great value to our understanding of the Roman society of this period.
For this reason, we will focus on the comedies of Plautus, representing the genre of the fabula palliata. By taking this documentation as a basis, one can analyse the role of prostitutes and procurers in his comedies, on whom we are given extensive information through humour. Despite possible exaggerations, the models used by the author allow us to approach the reality of that period (the end of the 3rd and the 2nd century BC).

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Morales, María Teresa de Luque. 2022. “Roman Prostitution Through Plautus’ Theatre”. Studies in Ancient Art and Civilisation 26 (December):57-72.