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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Prices were high because of desir I sort of wished I had made a mini-glossary of Greek words because the meanings were mentioned once and there were a lot of Greek words and their associated alien concepts being tossed around.

The luxury of the ancient world is anr, but the Athenian reputation is sober because this wealthy, successful city-state spent all its money on the conspicuous consumption of ephemeral things. Some thought it was an image of seduction, but it appears to the low-class whores fishcakex money on the side.

It was educational and at moments very funny. There was a problem adding your email address. Set up a giveaway. So what has all this to do with courtesans and fishcakes?

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By examining the pleasures of eating, drinking, and sex, Davidson is able to draw broader conclusions about the distinctiveness of Athenian culture as a whole. And the delicate art of a hetaera, a companion, who received gifts from her friends — a delicate art there, to avoid a quid pro quo, and still more to avoid charging a set fee. Vourtesans wouldn’t believe the result. The sort of effortless erudition to which one aspires. May 10, Jocelyn rated it really liked it Shelves: In the first case the seller should laugh, and in the second go to the devil.


Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens

Instead the focus is consistently and repetitively on the market-place and on the processes of buying and selling.

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Politics, Society, and Culture. This refreshing look at Greeks at play corrects that idea. Pour cheese and oil over it’ — one of the earliest surviving published recipes. And isn’t it only when it’s well-supplied with fish that the agora brings courtesanz liaisons? This educational book is chock full of details about classical Athenian life. The Athenians loved fish their favorite? View all 3 comments. Then you wake up at the end and yawningly applaud. When men were criticized for squandering their patrimony, they were said to spend it on hetaera and fishmongers.

Some men would throw away their patrimonies in pursuit of a hetaera. Print on Demand Paperback Verified Purchase. James Davidson writes about ancient history in a very interesting and compelling way. It is a very witty and readable textbook and at cortesans it demands all your background in the classics to immerse yourself in James Davidson’s absolutely alien landscape. For his is the craft that conquers with stargazy pie’s overwhelming eyes, that draws up lunch’s arsenal?

These were known as the consuming passions which Plato believed everyone from the human race was susceptible t James Davidson writes about ancient history in a very interesting and compelling way.

As far as wine is concerned, cohrtesans learn all about the significance of drinking undiluted wine and the highly ceremonial drinking that went on at the symposia – or how all bets were off if those rules were not followed.

In other words, James Davidson writes, he reflected the culture of ancient Greece in which he lived, Apr 19, John rated it it was ok. You would say they had just been caught. I will not fisjcakes threats, but I do offer the following prayer: Be the first to ask a question about Courtesans and Fishcakes.


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Many of hetaera lived with men as if wives, before, or after, or sometimes instead of their citizen wives. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Moreover, he claimed there was a special dispensation that eel-sellers and eel-fishers should pay no tax. Anaxandrides’ play Odysseusfor instance, contains the following eulogy of the fisherman’s art: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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

In most literary references, tyranny is not associated with restrictive policies but the lifestyle of the tyrant. Socrates deliberately lists nothing but non-seafood when talking about what the ideal republic would eat.

Given that the husband could kill him or extort a fortune from him, well, yes, probably lacking in self-control. However, the rationale behind the exclusion does not really concern us. It will broaden your understanding of Greek plays, the Peloponnesian wars, Greek democracy so very different from ours and Greek appetites, sexual and otherwise, of the ancients. I also have to give props for the catchy title, even if the book wasn’t as lively as I hoped it would be.