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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Athens had no police force. But if you have a couple of books or continuing ed course down already, give it a shot. Davidson Limited preview – The Athenians also had courts of law: The Greeks had a lot of anxiety about turning these necessities into pleasures. Excessive drinking was scorned, but Demostheses was criticized for drinking water.

An intriguing title for a scholarly anaylsis of classical Athenian culture. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Courtesans and Fishcakes

Davidson Snippet view – If you enjoy cultural history, then being able to learn about the motivations of the Athenians during this period is something you will enjoy. The meanings were competing even in Athens. Since the Athenians were a legendary maritime culture, I would have thought that fish would have been a staple, but, apparently, the Mediterranean is notoriously fish-poor, at least with respect to delectable varieties. 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.


I ahens 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.

Still, this is a fascinating history. Specifically Davidson is looking at what the Greeks had to say about these pleasures.

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

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Preview — Courtesans and Fishcakes by James Davidson. Interesting book about the culinary and sexual tastes of ancient Greece and how they fell along lines of class.

And the danger of damage is less at a symposium since there are rich men who can buy off the problem. His constant contradictions of his own research makes it hard to take him seriously. Davidson seeks to revive the hetaerae as significant players in ancient Athens. They could use it to isolate and detach some discrete commodity courtesas from their own commodified selves, although it is not always clear what it is.


An amazing work of linguistic, historical and literary analysis that gives incredible insights into classical Athens. It is hard to tje who it was who first put the marine into cuisine. You are made to understand that current morality does not apply to the subject matter of ancient Greece.

The luxury of the ancient world is legendary, but the Athenian reputation is sober because this wealthy, successful city-state spent all its money on annd conspicuous consumption of ephemeral things.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. John gets pressed into duty to explain the semantic drift of the term opsum, which is — well — you have your wine, you have your bread, and then you have everything else, which is opsum, which is why greedy eaters are called opsophagos — they ought to eat more bread — except that by the time of the Gospel, opsum means seafood.

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 Gospel according to St. James Davidson writes about ancient history in a very interesting and compelling way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it dragged a bit in the last third.