from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A government by prostitutes, or a government dominated by them.
- n. The period in the papacy known as The Rule of the Harlots, being about 30 or 60 years starting in 904 A.D.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The rule of prostitutes; dominating influence of courtezans.
The pontificate of Sergius III was remarkable for the rise of what papal historians call a "pornocracy," or rule of the harlots, a reversal of the natural order as they saw it, according to Liber pontificalis and a later chronicler who was also biased against Sergius III.
The nadir of the papacy (the pornocracy): the landed aristocracy of Rome, under the leadership of the senator Theophylact, his wife, Theodora, and his daughter Marozia (mistress of Pope Sergius III and mother of Sergius's son John, later Pope John XI), dominated the curia.
To the dissolution of marriage, the break-up of family life, free love, promiscuity -- in a word, to pornocracy.
The supreme court ruling means a pornocracy is within our grasp
And, we ask, was it by the survival of the fittest that Julius Ceasar, [tr. note: sic] one of the grandest rulers of all ages, should succumb under the daggers of Brutus and Cassius: that Paul and Seneca should die by authority of their inferior, Nero; that Popery, rotten to the core and represented by men who would have brought on the ignominous [tr. note: sic] collapse or extinction of every other dynasty in the days of the Roman pornocracy, should survive, while the illustrious house of Henry I. sank away to ruin in the third and fourth generation; that John Hus should die at the stake and Jean Charlier de Gerson in timid monastic retirement, while
"Suffering is necessary," answered the Moslem; "and I do not grieve at such an end to the pornocracy.