Abstract

Tatian's Oration to the Greeks purports to find prostitutes in the Theater and Portico of Pompey in Rome. I examine this supposition in light of his entire Oration, other sources that mention the decorative program, and reactions to the program within Augustan buildings in Rome. I argue that the "prostitutes" are instead a group of women poets and comedic and tragic heroines, and I place them within the other females in the Portico, including Muses and Conquered Nations, to interpret the decorative program within its Late Republican mileu, and to demonstrate a strong response in the public decorative programs of Augustus.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2575-7199
Print ISSN
2575-7180
Pages
pp. 123-145
Launched on MUSE
2009-05-24
Open Access
No
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