Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece

Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece

By: Debra Hamel (author)Paperback

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Neaira grew up in a Corinthian brothel in the fourth century B.C., became a high-priced courtesan and a sex slave, then settled into a thirty-year relationship with Stephanos of Athens. But next she found herself in court, charged with transgressing Athens's marriage laws. This book reconstructs the amazing facts of Neaira's life and trial, illuminating the social, legal, and cultural worlds of ancient Greece. "Hamel's treatment of this complicated story is outstanding . . . for its comprehensive [yet remarkably concise] presentation of the social and historical context of fourth-century Athens."-Ingrid D. Rowland, New Republic "[Trying Neaira] is an extraordinary tale, with more than an echo of Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha."-Tom Holland, Daily Telegraph00 "A marvelous account of a fascinating series of events in the life of a Greek woman of the fourth century B.C. Hamel tells the tale with clarity and verve and, along the way, she teaches the reader a vast amount about Athenian society in the most interesting and entertaining way."-Donald Kagan, Yale University "Charmingly written (and) nicely illustrated. . . . Hamel's account is engaging, accessible to nonexperts, and useful for courses on Athenian society."-Choice "As told by Debra Hamel, this true-life story offers an extraordinary window on a civilization that wasn't half so rarefied in its interests or affections as we tend to assume."-The Scotsman

About Author

Debra Hamel is the author of Athenian Generals: Military Authority in the Classical Period.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780300107630
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780300107630
  • weight: 272
  • ISBN10: 0300107633

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