"One can beg, buy, be presented with and find love in the streets, but it can never be stolen"

Attic red-figure pelike (wine-holding vessel) by Polygnotos, ca. 430 BC. From Kameiros, Rhodes showing a youth giving a purse to a sitting hetaera (courtesan
Creative Commons AttributionAttic red-figure pelike (wine-holding vessel) by Polygnotos, ca. 430 BC. From Kameiros, Rhodes showing a youth giving a purse to a sitting hetaera (courtesan - Credit: Marsyas
Prostitution has been described as the "world's oldest profession” with every culture adopting its own standards and attitudes towards this profession. In ancient times, concubines and courtiers were known to live in the same house as the wife and often had equal status and some legal rights.

In Ancient India, devadasis were celibate dancing girls dedicated to the temple. Around the 6th century BC devadasis began performing at the royal court, and the practice of dedicating girls to Hindu gods developed into ritualized prostitution.