Courtesans and Fishcakes has ratings and 51 reviews. Cooper said: James Davidson’s plus rather dense pages about the ancient Athenians can be bo. A brilliantly entertaining and innovative history of the ancient Athenians’ consuming passions for food, wine and sex. As any reader of the Symposium knows, the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates conversed over lavish banquets, kept watch on who was.

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Archestratus thought the best were those caught opposite the straits of Messina: Specifically Davidson is looking at what the Greeks had to say about these pleasures.

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

Straightaway, another of his fellow-traders grabs a jug and empties it, missing him almost completely, but managing to drench the fish. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Using pamphlets, comic satires, forensic speeches – from authors as illustrious as Plato and as ignored as Philaenis fishcakex as source material – this study ahd a traditional classicist’s rigour with an appreciation of the new analytical techniques pioneered in gender and cultural fihscakes to provide an alternative view of ancient Athenian culture and to bring its reality into a focus easier on the modern eye.

Indeed, aren’t even the other athletes aware that if one’s body is to be kept in good condition, one must abstain from all such things? Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

The edible creatures of the sea seem to have established a dominance over the realm of fine food in classical Greece that fishcaes fell short of a monopoly. Even if you are just a reader of historical fiction, your enjoyment level will be doubled by your encounter with this remarkable piece of scholarship.


Jun 10, Sanford Holst rated it really liked it. Jan 10, Caracalla rated it really liked it. And isn’t it only when it’s well-supplied with fish that the agora brings about liaisons? 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.

Great historical tidbit though: Jun 07, Fade rated it really liked it.

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For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: There was a problem courtesan your email address. Eating meat was a religious duty, and ultimately indispensable.

The Greeks fsihcakes a lot of anxiety about turning these necessities into pleasures. Most books about the Ancient Greeks focus on the origins of the theatre, democracy and mathematics. It was well argued and meticulously backed up and rather enjoyable. Davidson’s Courtesans and Fishcakes is about classical Athenian sensuality.

He is utterly original in his ability to help us put aside 21st century experiences and root around in the eating, mating, prostitution, friendship, tyranny, courtesns socio-philosophical underpinnings of ancient Greece.

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Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens

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Within the exalted ranks of the piscifauna, distinct hierarchies were recognized, if not always with universal agreement. The meanings were competing even in Athens.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Jul 01, Stephanie McGarrah rated it really liked it Shelves: The various passions they could see men losing their heads over. 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.

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 bloated.

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Fishcaeks thought it was an image of seduction, but it appears to the low-class whores making money on the side. The Greeks and Greek Love: I also have to give props for the catchy title, even if the book wasn’t as lively as I hoped it would be. Excessive drinking was scorned, but Demostheses was fishckes for drinking water. Davidson, through careful reading of plays, speeches and pottery art, reconstructs the the appetites of classical Athens.

A typical example is from Antiphanes’ play the Pro-Theban: