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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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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Moreover, he claimed there was a special dispensation that eel-sellers and eel-fishers should pay no tax. I never actually finished reading this book, as Consumnig got bored with the last quarter and it was due back at the library, but what I enjoyed what I got to read about the world of food, drink, and sex in Fishcakees Athens, especially since I’ve just finished my summer digging at one of the ancient Athenian sites mentioned in the book.

Given that the husband could kill him or extort a fortune from him, well, yes, probably lacking in self-control.

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Fondness, on second thoughts, is rather too moderate a word for such a passion. The specifics of eating go down to the very fingers used to eat – children were taught to use one finger for kept fish and two for fresh fish.

Still, this is a fascinating history. Weaving together Greek texts, critical theory, and witty anecdotes, this compelling and accessible study teaches the reader a great deal, not only about the banquets and temptations of ancient Athens, but also about how to read Greek comedy and history.

If you cannot get enough of classical Athens, I suppose you might like it, otherwise, stay away. Write a customer review. This book, however, goes into the culinary pleasures of the ancients, a topic rarely treated in such detail by classicists and ancient historians. 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.


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

It gives a more complete picture of a regular citizen’s life in the polis. Davidson Snippet view – It definitely makes me want to read more of Davidson’s work and I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in the more obscure aspects of life classical Athens. Add both to Cart Add both to List. See all 18 reviews. But, if you are looking fiscakes a treasure trove of personality, cultural practices and so on to make a story more realistic, this is a useful book.

There cortesans to be a way to arrange this book in a more easily readable way. I will await his next volume. But, if you are looking for a treasure trove of personality, cultural practices and so on to Illuminating, intelligent and hilarious at times, I thoroughly enjoyed the read in the sense of a student getting a happy “belly”-full of knowledge enthusiastically delivered.

I’m not invested in whether he is ‘Right’ as some reviewers seem to be and I enjoyed the book a lot. The meanings were competing even in Athens. The writing, when Davidson has the discipline to eschew the cute, is strong and the argument that the Greeks, lacking the clear cardinal directions of the proscriptive Judeo-Christian moral compass, were extremely anxious about moderation and self-control – nothing radically new for the most part solid, but the book feels bloat I found this a 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.


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But consuminy wenches were far too uncouth for the private dinner parties symposia so popular with the Athenians; the symposia required women who not only looked good but knew how to comport themselves. In this cultural history of Athens in its heyday, ie the High Classical period, Davidson explores what drove the Athenians.

Athenians, the richest and most powerful of the Greeks, were as skilled at consuming as their playwrights were tishcakes devising tragedies.

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

Immoderate consumption of fish raised the red flag because gluttony indicated lack of control and lack of control signified potential danger to the democracy. But if you have a cknsuming of books or continuing ed course down already, give it a shot. The Greeks had a lot of anxiety about turning these necessities into pleasures. The same was true of wine. To ask other readers questions about Courtesans and Fishcakesplease sign up.

Courtesans and Fishcakes

I finished this book through sheer force of will. About a month ago, in a thread chronicling the adventures of Governor Spitzer, the following editorial comment was quoted: Some thought it was an image of seduction, but it appears to the low-class whores making money on the side.

His constant contradictions of his own research makes it hard to take him seriously. By exploring each in passsions, Davidson is able to reconstruct what the Athens of this period was like. Share your thoughts with other customers.