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Pythagoras' Revenge by Arturo Sangalli

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Chapter 16

THE HUNT

She had been introduced to Jule by Trench as “Professor Hirsch, an authority on ancient Greece.” And, after the customary exchange of polite greetings, Trench had added: “Professor Hirsch is presently writing a book about Pythagoras. She will be your resource person on him and his school.”

Her full name was Laura Eva Hirsch. She was born in the former German Democratic Republic, where she studied Greek history and mythology before escaping to the United States as a political refugee with the help of a diplomat friend. In 1983, she received her PhD in classical studies from the University of Illinois. She stayed on at her alma mater as a teacher, moving quickly through the ranks until she became a full professor in 1989. Now ...

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