Most people have a certain idea of what a harem was like. It may resemble the Hollywood-style harem in this photograph from 1958.
In fact, however, most harems were less alluring and more... well, more like a courtyard. A courtyard in which some women and children lived their ordinary lives. Sorry to disappoint, but there it is!
Harem scene from 1958 film "You Know What Sailors Are Like" from Hulton Archive via Getty Images.