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Courtesans and Fishcakes has ratings and 51 reviews. Cooper said: James Davidson’s plus rather dense pages about the ancient Athenians can be bo. J. N. DAVIDSON: Courtesans and Fishcakes: the Consuming Passions of Classical Athens. Pp. xxvi + , map, pls. London: HarperCollin. Cased,? Athenians, the richest and most powerful of the Greeks, were as Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens.

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Fishcakss Athenians eyeballed each other at the market, and anyone who bought a good deal more than he seemed to need—or started avidly scarfing hot fish right at the stall—was immediately suspect.

Good read if this is your kind of thing. Return to Book Page. I never actually finished reading this book, as I got bored with the last quarter and it was due back at the library, but what I enjoyed what I got to read consumng the world of food, drink, and sex in Ancient Athens, especially since I’ve just finished my summer digging at one of the ancient Athenian sites mentioned in the book. Refresh and try again. Jun 15, Jenine rated it it was amazing.

Courtesans and Fishcakes

The adulterer — whom you can identify because he’s a dandy, all dressed up. I know as much about ancient Greece as your average 4th grader, actually they’d probably know more, but I was interested in what social significance passions held for Athenians of that time.

Lists with This Book. It was entirely too shocking to introduce a hetaera into your wife’s home, and only a few could set up separate establishments. Eating and drinking and sex.

Fish was a favorite opson, often affordable only by the very rich or the not-so-rich-but-profligate. Claasical Ship Orders Internationally. They could use it to isolate and detach some discrete commodity separate from their own commodified selves, although it is not always clear what it is. And except for women, non-citizens and slaves it was a true democracy: About Contact News Giving to the Press.


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Davidson Limited preview – It was educational and at moments very funny. Apr 14, Erik Graff rated it really liked it Zthens it for: This book is probably my chief go-to book for my own stories set in the same era specifically for the “useless” or arcane factoid–if I had to study it for its own sake or, heaven forbid, and exam or big paper, it would not be fun. I was most interested in Davidson’s discussion of the Athenian obsession with eating fish, the synecdoche for luxurious living in Attic culture.

This ancient world is obviously foreign to our own, they had very different views about addiction for instance, but it still feels incredibly familiar and its interesting to think about our own anxieties regarding desires, consumption and social hierarchies.

Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens

Chatty, seemed longer than it was, lots of sex and fish. View all 3 comments.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Davidson Limited preview athenss Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Sep 04, George rated it liked it.

In fact, that’s a central point of the author’s argument; trying to take court cases and plays and histories and dialogues that talk about food and sex, and treating them as if they’re ONLY about food and sex, means misinterpreting and missing out on an awful lot that has to do with the politics of the day. In particular, according to Xenophon, who describes the scene in his “Memoirs of Socrates,” they were talking about the labels applied to people according to their behaviour.

See all 18 reviews. Not to mention all kinds of interesting tidbits about drinking-parties, taverns, escorts, and street-walkers.

And rich and poor rose clawsical fell all the time. A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Oct 19, Erik rated it really liked it. What should be noted is not so courteesans the extravagance of the language used dourtesans describe the fish, as the fact that in a work about the pleasures of eating in general, reference is made to almost nothing else.


Outside the USA, see our international sales information. If you think Pimpin’ ain’t easy Complex ideas are well explained and cited and great coutresans is made of contemporary writings. Athenians, the richest and most powerful of the Greeks, were as skilled at consuming as their playwrights were at devising tragedies. There is nothing new under the sun. In other words, James Davidson writes, he reflected the culture of ancient Greece in which he lived, a culture of passions and pleasures, of food, drink, and sex before—and in concert with—politics and principles.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it dragged a bit in the last third. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Sadly not all the plays of this period have survived so we don’t get the whole picture. Get to Know Us. Davidson seeks to revive the hetaerae as significant players in ancient Athens.

I found this courtrsans fairly choresome read, which was a bit of a disappointment when you consider that sex, food, and ancient Greece are pretty much my three favorite things.

THe story about the coppersmith Books by James Davidson. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Davidson, through careful reading of plays, speeches and pottery courtdsans, reconstructs the the appetites of classical Athens.