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Want to know the cost of a royal wedding feast in 15th century Italy or a sex slave in ancient Rome? To promote The Girlfriend Experience, a new Starz show about the world of high-end escorts, WSJ Custom Studios, the Wall Street Journal's in-house content marketing agency, created a content piece exploring the economics of prostitution, dating and marriage throughout history.
The piece, Business of the Heart, is an in-depth feature story with video clips of the show throughout and an interactive timeline on the historical price of love and lust, including the costs of: a bridal gift in Mesopotamia in 200 BC versus a sex slave in Rome in 27 BC, a marriage license versus a prostitute in 1800s England, and a date versus a subscription to porn in New York in 2015.