Did sacred prostitution exist in the classical world, or ancient near-east?

I’ve no real idea, I have to say.  I’d always vaguely assumed so, and apparently scholars have always thought so.  But today I saw a BMCR review here by someone who thinks not, reviewing a book by an ally.  I’m a little wary of the ideology on display; the review makes it look a  bit agenda-driven.

But I wonder what the facts are. My instinctive reaction is to ask to see the evidence from primary sources.  The review tells me that Strabo says something or other about it at Corinth, in book 12.   Unfortunately the Lacus Curtius translation hasn’t got that far yet.  What we need is a data set online.  Then we can assess the matter for ourselves.

Thanks to Roman History Books blog for this one.