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Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece Paperback – 18 Feb 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (18 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300107633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300107630
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 0.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,096,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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 Telegraph


"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

Synopsis

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.

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2.0 out of 5 starsA disappointing discussion that tries to enlist the erotic complexities of the case as the point of interest.
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5.0 out of 5 starsWitty and Well-Written Judicial/Social History
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3.0 out of 5 starsancient trials
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Ann M. Zeuke
4.0 out of 5 starsI needed this for a class and actually (kind of) enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat read!
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