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Erotic Tokens and The Business of Prostitution: A study on the monetary value of tokens in Pompeii
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Classical archaeology and ancient history.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Erotiska polletter och affärsverksamheter kring prostitution : En studie om polletter och dess monetära värde i Pompeji (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Erotic tokens or the so-called spintriae leave little to the imagination. These coin-like tokens depict acts of love making couples with Roman numerals on the reverse. The tokens are believed to have been in use during the 1st century A.D. and is often attributed to the reign of Tiberius. The material examined in the thesis are the four spintriae from Uppsala University Coin Cabinet. Due to the specific characteristics, scholars have been questioning the function of the erotic tokens. The most accredited hypothesis is that erotic tokens was used as payment in brothels. The purpose of this thesis is to discern whether the erotic tokens had a monetary value in Pompeii. The study also aims to examine if the tokens were used as payment in brothels instead of contemporary currencies and as to why the reason for this could be. To be able to discern a purpose, function and value of erotic tokens, three analyses on the basis of graffiti, iconography and ancient literature are made. 

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2019. , p. 31
Keywords [en]
Roman Empire, Pompeii, spintriae, tokens, prostitution
Keywords [sv]
Romerska imperiet, Pompeji, spintriae, polletter, prostitution
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Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-386148OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-386148DiVA, id: diva2:1327135
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Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
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Available from: 2019-06-19 Created: 2019-06-19 Last updated: 2019-06-19Bibliographically approved

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