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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Yes, there are men who are famous for dinners, but the gap of rich and poor was not that large. Some were widely renowned for their courtesan, others for their wit, still others for their skill at playing musical instruments such as the flute; all were expert at pleasing men.

Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens

Ships from and sold by Amazon. When the Greeks sacrificed an animal to one of their gods say, Athenathey afterward divided the portions of meat equally among the citizens, without regard to quality of cut. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Jun 23, AphroPhantasmal rated it it was amazing. I was most interested in Davidson’s discussion of the Athenian obsession with eating fish, the synecdoche for luxurious living in Attic culture. Get to Know Us. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Wow, this kid knows from Greek, I tell ya. Scholar-jargon aside, this book is a great deal of fun, and a fine reminder that, despite the affinity we feel for the Greeks, in many ways they’re quite alien to us.


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But Davidson never states anything clearly here, and he comes back to certain events over and over again, without adding anything new. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It’s difficult to find books on Ancient Greece that have a new or different slant, but Davidson’s book is full of interesting facts about how the Ancient Athenians ate and drank and how it tied into their social and political life.

Feb 06, Ella rated it really liked it Shelves: Eating There was a banquet and people were talking and, as so often in accounts of banquets at this period, Socrates was there.

Instead, comedies and plays used pleasure as 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.

Read more Read less. Davidson, through careful reading of plays, speeches and pottery art, reconstructs the the appetites of classical Athens. Trivia About Courtesans and Fi It takes an incredible amount of skill and a great eye to capture attitudes from the language used in texts where there are no direct historical references.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. If you think Pimpin’ ain’t easy Did this culinary equality lead to political equality? They could use it to isolate fishakes detach some discrete commodity separate from their own commodified selves, although it is not always clear what it is.

For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: Hetaeras freaking crack me up. In aboutSmindyrides, distinguished even among the Sybarites for his decadence, had made a great impression when he came over to mainland Greece to seek the hand of the daughter of Cleisthenes the ruler of Sicyon near Corinth. Courtesans and Fishcakes is a really fascinating, lively and original look at the world of Ancient Greece.


Davidson Snippet view – A very rich man was expected not only to subsidize festivals and erect public buildings at his own expense, but also to build, outfit and support a fighting ship trireme for the Athenian navy. The flavour of this yearning is easily sampled in the work of Archestratus of Gela in Sicily, from whom the eulogy of the boar-fish is taken.

That is a much trodden field. Here, wine was used by people to get drunk instead of being the facilitator of conversation in a social event. Obviously this showed that he calculated his language, rather than speaking from the heart. The unpleasant life of a flute-girl. Much more of an academic book than a popular reader, Davidson draws upon vast amounts of historical citations and Classic literature to reinforce his views as he seeks You have heard of Guns, Germs, and Steel.

Flute music made the Greeks go crazy like bass drops.

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This book focuses on the universal pleasures of food, drink and sex. Some became wealthy and famous. The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens. Jun 07, Fade rated it really liked it.