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Mutilating Herms in the London Review of Books

I was delighted to discover yesterday that Peter Green, an eminent ancient historian and Emeritus Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has reviewed my little self-published book The Mutilation of the Herms: Unpacking an Ancient Mystery in the London Review of Books.

I'm not sure that "review" is the right term here, actually. Really he mentions my book only in the first paragraph and uses it as a springboard for a rather lengthy essay about the incident I discuss in the book, the vandalism of a bunch of statues in Athens one night in 415 B.C. The statues were called herms. As I put it in my book: "They were statues of the Greek god Hermes, his bearded head perched atop a stone pillar with an erect phallus poking out the front." (The crime may look small to us moderns but, in the context of the day, it was enormously important and led to a number of executions and exiles.)

At any rate, I'm particularly astonished that the book received this kind of attention given that I self-published it on Amazon.


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About the blogger: Debra is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece, including Reading Herodotus: A Guided Tour through the Wild Boars, Dancing Suitors, and Crazy Tyrants of The History. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.

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