Not _just_ for classics scholars and dilettantes,
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Beautifully written, humorous book that wears deep learning very well and explains extremely well. This is a book of it's time - the crossover of academic history/sociology/women's studies is self-consciously evident - but it remains a cracking good read and a very good introduction indeed to classical period Athens. It was recommended by Prof. Mary Beard in her blog A Don's Life as part of a general reading list and I can see why - this isn't a beefed up essay/dissertation proposal but a work of profound scholarship accessible to the general reader with a modicum of background.
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