It was said that he banished spintriae (male prostitutes) from Rome, since he could not drown them all at sea, but he also taxed all PROSTITUTES, both female and male (Justin
Martyr, 1 Apology 27; the tax was rescinded in 498 CE). He also set up a BROTHEL in the palace of married women and freeborn youths. It was said he stole PRAXITELES’s EROS from Thespiai (Cicero, Verr. 2.4.135; Plutarch, Erotikos 748a; Pausanias 9.27.3).