About Debra Hamel

I'm the author of a number of books about ancient Greece written for the "intelligent general reader." I've also self-published some shorter works along the same lines: Killing Eratosthenes and The Mutilation of the Herms are chapter-length studies that anyone with an interest in history can enjoy. No prior knowledge of antiquity is assumed. (You'll find a complete list of my publications on this site.)

I like Soylent, crossword puzzles, and Esperanto. I'm learning to play the ukulele. People who've met me think I'm likable but somewhat odd. Mother of two and an introvert, I get 10,000 steps a day. I write and tweet from my subterranean lair in North Haven, Connecticut.
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The Battle of Arginusae: Victory at Sea and Its Tragic Aftermath in the Final Years of the Peloponnesian War
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.

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Reading Herodotus: A Guided Tour through the Wild Boars, Dancing Suitors, and Crazy Tyrants of The History
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.

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More information available at readingherodotus.com.
Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece
Yale University Press, 2003.

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More information available at tryingneaira.com.
Athenian Generals: Military Authority in the Classical Period. Mnemosyne Supplements 182.
Brill Academic Publishers, 1998.

"The result is a work of lasting value both for its acute analysis and for its presentation of a body of information that will serve other scholars' interests and purposes. It is thus a worthy addition to the researches of scholars such as W.K. Pritchett and M.H. Hansen, who have done so much to systematize the study of ancient Greek political and military practices."
 -- Catherine Rubincam, Phoenix

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The Twitter Thucydides: An Abbreviated History of the Peloponnesian War for the Modern Age
CreateSpace and Amazon Digital Services, 2017.

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Killing Eratosthenes: A True Crime Story From Ancient Athens
CreateSpace and Amazon Digital Services, 2016.

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The Twitter Herodotus: An Abbreviated History of the Persian Wars for the Modern Age
CreateSpace and Amazon Digital Services, 2015.

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Tweet: Five Hundred 1st Lines in 140 Characters or Less
CreateSpace and Amazon Digital Services, 2014.

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Prisoners of the Peloponnesian War
Amazon Digital Services, 2013.
(This is a revised version of an article that originally appeared in MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.)

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Socrates at War: The Military Heroics of an Iconic Intellectual
Amazon Digital Services, 2013.
(This is a revised version of an article that originally appeared in MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.)

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Ancient Greeks in Drag: The Liberation of Thebes and Other Acts of Heroic Transvestism
Amazon Digital Services, 2013.
(This is a revised version of an article that originally appeared in MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.)

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The Mutilation of the Herms: Unpacking an Ancient Mystery
CreateSpace and Amazon Digital Services, 2012.

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More information available here.