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Courtesans and Fishcakes By James Davidson

Courtesans and Fishcakes
by James Davidson

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A history of the ancient Athenians' passion for food, wine and sex. Revealing how Athenian society was driven by an insatiable lust for culinary delights, fine wine and pleasures of the flesh, and how fortunes were lost and careers ruined through ritual drinking at the symposium, or the wooing of prostitutes.
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Courtesans and Fishcakes: Consuming Passions of Classical Athens by James Davidson

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. Their consuming passions for food, wine and sex drove their society, as well as generating the rich web of privilege, transgression, guilt and taboo for which they are remembered today. Using pamphlets, comic satires, forensic speeches - from authors as illustrious as Plato and as ignored as Philaenis - as source material - this study combines a traditional classicist's rigour with an appreciation of the new analytical techniques pioneered in gender and cultural studies to provide an alternative view of ancient Athenian culture and to bring its reality into a focus easier on the modern eye.

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