Joseph McCabe (1867-1955) was one of the most prolific authors of all time. He was brought up as a Roman Catholic, worked on Latin documents, and made himself very well-informed about Christianity, but turned against it. But he was extremely naive about Jews; bear this in mind.

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Aspasia (fifth century B.C.), the most famous woman of the ancient world. She was one of the most beautiful and accomplished of the many Ionian women - she was born at Miletus - who settled in Athens and were known as the hetairai. whatever connotation the word may have had in Roman times, in her day it meant "companions," and it reflects a state of Greek society in which married women and their daughters were secluded and ignorant, so cultivated men enjoyed the society of these alien women. Aspasia lived with Pericles [see], but could not marry him under Athenian law because she was a foreigner. She was one of the most respected figures in the brilliant group of artists and thinkers which gathered round him and were responsible for the Golden Age of Athens, and she attacked the tradition of the subjection of women. Complete scepticism was general in the group, and Aspasia was put on trial for irreligion, but Pericles defended her and secured an acquittal.

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