There they would pass beneath the marble columns of the Temple of Aphrodite, goddess of Beauty and Love, within whose incense-filled, candlelit confines 1, comely girls supposedly worked around the clock gathering funds for their deity. In fact, this lusty vision of Corinth was created entirely from a three-line report by the Greek geographer Strabo, who writes around 20 AD:. The temple of Aphrodite was once so rich that it had acquired more than a thousand prostitutes, donated by both men and women to the service of the goddess. And because of them, the city used to be jam-packed and became wealthy. Modern historians have found that the image of a pagan free-for-all needs some serious qualification.
Temple of Apollo
Located about 11 miles south of the ancient port city of Miletus on the western coast of modern-day Turkey , the Temple of Apollo at Didyma or Didymaion was the fourth largest temple in the ancient Greek world. The first temple was a humble structure that replaced a much earlier Carian sanctuary. In the 6th century BCE the people of nearby Miletus began construction on a second, much larger temple. Wider than and as long as the Parthenon in Athens , this second temple reflected the growing fame and influence of the oracle.
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By Matthias Schulz. The pious land of the Pyramids also offered sinful pleasures. Its prostitutes rubbed ointment onto their customers' bodies.