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Courtesans and Fishcakes By James Davidson

Courtesans and Fishcakes
by James Davidson

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A brilliantly entertaining and innovative history of the ancient Athenians' consuming passions for food, wine and sex.

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Courtesans and Fishcakes Summary


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

A brilliantly entertaining and innovative history of the ancient Athenians' consuming passions for food, wine and sex.

Sex, shopping and fish-madness, Athenian style.

This fascinating book reveals that the ancient Athenians were supreme hedonists. Their society was driven by an insatiable lust for culinary delights - especially fish - fine wine and pleasures of the flesh. Indeed, great fortunes were squandered and politicians' careers ruined through ritual drinking at the symposium, or the wooing of highly-coveted, costly prostitutes.

James Davidson brings an incisive eye and an urbane wit to this refreshingly accessible and different history of the people who invented Europe, democracy and art.

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Courtesans and Fishcakes Reviews


`Davidson is the best thing to happen to ancient history writing for decades'
Andrew Roberts, Mail on Sunday

`There are pleasures and authors who lie dormant for a century or more until a new kind of vividness, a super-freshness descends on them. James Davidson has that skill.'
Spectator

`If little boys are still being made to learn dead languages, and expected to enjoy them, I hope their Greek master reads Davidson's fascinating and witty book, and tells them the best stories from it. This certainly ought to wake them up at the back of the class.'
Sunday Times

About James Davidson


James Davidson lectures in ancient history and the classical languages at the University of Warwick. He was previously a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford.

Additional information

GOR001397924
Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens by James Davidson
James Davidson
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
1998-02-26
400
0006863434
9780006863434
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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