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In her new historical novel, “The Sweet Girl,” about Aristotle’s headstrong, intelligent daughter, Pythias, Annabel Lyon has vividly brought Pythias’s fourth century BC world to life, portraying its denizens as not too different from us. The historical record scants Aristotle’s daughter, and Lyon is free to invent scenes that illustrate Pythias’s chafing against the strictures that prevent females from learning to read and to depict her engaging in philosophical discussions with Aristotle’s colleagues.
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