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Trying Neaira (miękka)

the true story of a courtesan`s scandalous life in ancient Greece

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`This clearly written, entertaining, and well-informed book is a wonderful means of entering the world of fourth-century Athens.` -Mary R. Lefkowitz, Wellesley College

`Debra Hamel has written a marvelous account of a fascinating series of events in the life of a Greek woman of the fourth century B.C. She 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

`The subject matter of Trying Neaira suggests a supermarket tabloid--prominent politicians and their favorite hookers; but in fact this book is a richly informative, exuberant short course in the politics, legal system, and social mores of Athens in the fourth century B.C. The prose is elegant and deliciously ironic, the scholarship fastidious and up-to-date.` -Victor Bers, Yale University

Neaira grew up in a Corinthian brothel in the fourth century B.C. and became one of the city-state's priciest courtesans while yet a teenager. In her twenties she served as the sex slave of two former clients and endured an abusive relationship with an unsavory Athenian. Finally she met Stephanos, an Athenian citizen with whom she lived for the next thirty years.

Neaira`s life with Stephanos was riddled with lawsuits. In the 340s Neaira was dragged into court and charged with transgressing Athens' marriage laws. During the trial, zealous prosecutors dredged up the most sordid details of her life. The stakes in the case were high; Neaira's freedom lay in the jurors` hands.

The details of Neaira`s life are known because the speech delivered in court by her prosecutor has survived. Here, with a more sympathetic eye toward the protagonist, Debra Hamel explains the historical, legal, and cultural context of the trial. In reconstructing the facts of Neaira's life, this book illuminates the social world of ancient Greece.

Debra Hamel is the author of Athenian Generals: Military Authority in the Classical Period. She lives in Connecticut.
  • Dział: Literatura obcojęzyczna
  • Wydawnictwo: Yale University Press
  • Oprawa: miękka
  • Okładka: miękka
  • Ilość stron: 224
  • ISBN: 978-0-300-09431-2
  • Wprowadzono: 22.02.2012

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