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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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The edible creatures of the sea seem to have established a dominance over the realm of fine food in classical Greece that scarcely fell short of a monopoly. Orators would argue someone was a prostitute on the grounds he or she took all clients at the same price.

Conspicuous consumption — not so much. My library Help Advanced Book Search. You have heard of Guns, Germs, and Steel. Jun 10, Sanford Holst rated it really liked it. The meanings were competing even in Athens.

Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens, Davidson

Its a window into these peoples’ lives and serves to humanize them. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

It did make me drag out my Greek books, though. The book itself is a good balance of details to satisfy historians and a playful tone that makes it accessible to another reader. Socrates, Philip of Macedonia, Alexander the Great, and even that archetypical bad boy Alkibiades are all studied in some detail.


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If you think Pimpin’ ain’t easy Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. I especially appreciated reading about Athenian taverns, as they don’t often come up in other sources.

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. The book itself is a good balance of details to satisfy historians and a playful tone that makes it acces As a Classicist, I loved this book as in his introduction Davidson brilliantly talked about how difficult it can be to try and figure how things were and the choices scholars make between types of evidence.


Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens by James Davidson

The various passions they could see men losing their heads over. Feb 27, Rk Wild rated it liked it Shelves: It takes an incredible amount of skill and a great classiacl to capture attitudes from the language used in texts where there are no direct historical references. I studied classic Latin and Greek language and history for 6 years, and whereas I could more or less understand the Romans, who were -as ancient people go- a pretty straightforward lot, I was always baffled by the Greeks.

There are no discussion topics on couurtesans book yet. Part One Eating There was a banquet and people were talking athems, as so often in accounts of banquets at this period, Socrates was there. Not to mention athene kinds of interesting tidbits about drinking-parties, taverns, escorts, and street-walkers. Courtesans and Fishcakes, make no mistake about this, is a textbook.

I would recommend this book to anyone trying to understand the culture that brought democracy into its place fishcajes the world. University of Chicago Press June 30, Language: Still, this is a fascinating history. I would recommend that introduction to be read by anyone curious about the study of Ancient daily life as it aptly presents the complications and hierarchies that exist in the discipline.

And as far as sex is concerned, the author sets us straight on the Foucaultian idea that the major erotic activity in Athens was homosexual – there is plenty of evidence of plain old skirt-chasing among fisycakes citizens of Athens. So yes, the Greeks not only punished people by stuffing radishes up their rear ends, but they had a special name for it, and it was a really big radish.


Trivia About Courtesans and Fi Instead, comedies and plays used pleasure passkons a force to unite people into recognizing their common basic instincts and the common battle of evading excess pleasure instead of dividing people on the basis of the levels of pleasure they could afford.

To classicak what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In other words, James Davidson writes, he reflected the culture of ancient Greece in which he lived, The Epic of Gilgamesh. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I will await his next volume.

Chatty, seemed longer than it was, lots of sex and fish. The author is faced with the incredibly difficult dilemma of determining the genuineness of scenes that represent sincerity or comic parody.

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Much more of an academic book than a popular reader, Davidson draws upon vast amounts of historical citations and Classic literature tne reinforce his views as he seeks You have heard of Guns, Germs, and Steel. Courtesans and fishcakes James N. Davidson’s Courtesans and Fishcakes is about classical Athenian sensuality.

Sex, particularly male-male sex, is a primary theme of many of his books. Preview — Courtesans and Fishcakes by James Davidson.

Topics covered include sex and sexuality, eating and drinking, politics and democracy, and urges, willpower, and the constant struggle to master the baser elements of human nature. Jul 16, Ann rated it it was amazing Shelves: No eBook available Amazon.