Oxford University Press, 2010. 440p. Paperback. ...a work of ancient history, where often complex moral and legal considerations take precedence over literary analysis. The great merit of such an approach is its emphasis upon social action in a violent world of steeply asymmetrical power and rights, and it gains added point from the discussion of an incident, and grisly photographs, from the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001 (292-295)....a fine account of a fascinating topic at the meeting point of religious practice, law, and moral feeling. Richard Gordon, Greece & Rome (Publisher's information).