Trying Neaira

The True Story of a Courtesan’s Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece
Author(s): 
Hamel, Debra
ISBN: 
0300107633
Date published: 
March 2005
Paperback
Price: 
£8.99
Pages: 
224

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 is the author of Athenian Generals: Military Authority in the Classical Period.