"that they might pleasure themselves in the seraglio"

The seraglio (or harem) was the name given to the women's living quarters in a Turkish muslim household in which the man had several wives and concubines*.

Men were not allowed into the seraglio, which might also house female relatives and odalisques (female slaves who were assistants or apprentices to the wives and concubines).

* women who co-habit with a man without being married to him.


The fortune teller in the harem (pre 1908)
Public DomainThe fortune teller in the harem (pre 1908) - Credit: Alfred Chataud



Listen on Spotify to Mozart's Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail (The Abduction from The Seraglio).