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Trying Neaira : the true story of a courtesan's scandalous life in ancient Greece

Author: Debra Hamel
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, ©2003.
Series: History / Classics
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: Neaira; Apollodoros; Apollodoros.; Neaira.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Debra Hamel
ISBN: 0300094310 9780300094312 0300107633 9780300107630
OCLC Number: 50255078
Description: xxii, 200 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Series Title: History / Classics
Responsibility: Debra Hamel.

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Apollodorus and Stephanos of Athens had faced each other in court on a number of occasions, but their running feud was brought to a head in the late 340s when Stephanos' lover Neaira was prosecuted  Read more...

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"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 Read more...

 
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