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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Obviously this showed that he calculated his fishcwkes, rather than speaking from the heart. English Choose a language for shopping. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Specifically, how the attitudes towards those items in Athenian culture can be used to explain politics and culture of the time. The staple was eating with the left hand, the ‘opson’ from the right. Return to Book Page.

Socrates deliberately lists nothing but non-seafood when talking about what the ideal republic would eat. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. The dissection and rejection of the phallocentric method of reading Athenian culture isn’t the main point of this book, but it’s done with skill and verve.

But these 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. The adulterer — whom you can identify because he’s a dandy, all dressed up.

Although I love ancient Greece, I am about sick of fish and floozies after this. My library Help Advanced Book Search. It worked for them though. They put down the shuttle and got down to bidness. Hence, the perpetual Athenian fear of honey-tongued demagogues, who could manipulate the citizens into doing things against their own interests.

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

Sep 04, George rated it liked it. Preview — Courtesans and Fishcakes by James Davidson. You couldn’t escape them, but you should regulate and control them.

Fearing that the motherland might not be up to his standards, he brought fishvakes him one thousand attendants, consisting of fishermen, cooks and fowlers.


Dec 11, Kate K. How they viewed indulgence, moderation, and abstention Abstention was often viewed as worse than indulgence in the average man.

I learned all about quail-tapping, which I now believe is the most hilarious gambling method ever devised. This book will help you in consujing your other forays into the ancient classics. The very personification of lack of self-control. It went way over my head at times I never studied ancient Greek, and I’m unfamiliar with the terms and logicbut the author did a great job of explaining the reasoning and his argument after setting up the academic stuff at the beginning of each section.

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Fishhcakes the selected items together This item: Orators would argue someone was a prostitute on the grounds he or she took all clients at the same price. 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.

No eBook available Amazon. The primary point that Davidson seems to be dancing around the passiins time is that Athenians were mainly concerned with losing control of one’s appetites, and this was what they found threatening. John gets pressed into duty to explain the semantic drift of the term ppassions, 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.

Some thought it was an image of seduction, but it appears to the low-class whores making money on the side. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Get to Know Us. Moreover, he claimed there was a special dispensation that eel-sellers and eel-fishers should pay no tax. I also have to give props for I never actually finished reading this book, as I 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 Ancient Athens, especially since I’ve just finished my summer digging at one of the ancient Athenian sites mentioned in the book.


The tavern gets decried as commercial but they were unquestionably local taverns and comedies talk about the tavern keeper knows how he likes the wine, and the mark of a deeply in debt man is that the taverns won’t extend credit. With adultery so hazardous to the health, what was a male body to do? Jan 30, Bird rated it it was amazing. As far as wine is concerned, we learn all about the significance of drinking undiluted wine and the highly ceremonial drinking that went on at the symposia – or how classiical bets were off if those rules were not followed.

University of Chicago Press: Jan 09, Beth rated it really liked it. So yes, the Greeks not only punished people by stuffing radishes up their rear ends, but they had a special name for it, and it was a really big radish. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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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 the conspicuous consumption of ephemeral things. Courtesans and fishcakes James N. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: University of Chicago Press June 30, Language: The Athenians also had courts of law: So what has all this to do with courtesans and fishcakes?

Socrates, Philip of Macedonia, Alexander the Great, and even that archetypical bad boy Alkibiades are all studied in some detail. Fishckes writes about the politics and economics of desire — especially for food, drink, and sex.