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.
Debra Hamel studied classics as an undergraduate at The Johns Hopkins University and again as a graduate student at Yale, where she specialized in ancient history. Since receiving her Ph.D. in 1996 she has published a number of scholarly articles and reviews as well as publications for a general audience, including TRYING NEAIRA: THE TRUE STORY OF A COURTESAN'S SCANDALOUS LIFE IN ANCIENT GREECE and READING HERODOTUS: A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE WILD BOARS, DANCING SUITORS, AND CRAZY TYRANTS OF THE HISTORY.
When she's not writing about wild boars and wild women Debra can be found in her subterranean lair tending her fleet of web sites, which include the literary sites TwitrLit, KidderLit, and ScatterLit. She is also the creator of The Twitter Herodotus, where she is posting an abbreviated version of Herodotus' History for the modern age.
Debra lives with her husband and two preternaturally attractive daughters in North Haven, Conn. You can find her online at dhamel.com and on Twitter at @debra_hamel.