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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On one hand, one man said that a wife was worse because she didn’t have to please you; on the other hand, one contract for a hetaera is so jealous that the woman is forbidden to swear except by female deities.
Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens
Outside the USA, see our international sales information. I now have numerous reasons to question many of my beliefs of Greek as only pugnacious and terribly staid scholarly chaps. For Plutarch is quite categorical: The Epic of Gilgamesh. English Choose a language for shopping.
The sober effort of pro-Spartans to defend scarlet cloaks as unwomanly, and accustoming men to the red of blood; long hair as making them look more impressive or making it harder to do menial labor; and large cups as containing only water — because what these things do, after all, is make the Spartans look effeminate in Athenian eyes. 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.
It is hard to say who it was who first put the marine into cuisine. For once reading about economies had substance but wasn’t a complete bore. I’m not qualified to judge whether Davidson interprets the orators and playwrights correctly, but his interpretation sure is interesting and nicely written. So, seeing prostitutes or even being a prostitute wasn’t so bad as long as one could control one’s spending on such hedonistic pleasures.
All of this is supported by numerous quotations from Classic Greek literature – theatre, philosophical treatises etc. 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. Want to Read saving…. The various passions they could see men losing their heads over.
Something about the way the boy was eating fascinated Socrates. It was entirely too shocking to introduce a hetaera into your wife’s home, and only a few could set up separate establishments.
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The book brings a strange, foreign people to life. There is nothing new under the sun. In fact, that’s a central point of the author’s argument; trying to take court cases and plays and fourtesans and dialogues that talk about food and sex, and treating them ccourtesans if they’re ONLY about food and sex, means misinterpreting and missing out on an awful lot that has to do with the politics of the day.
With adultery so hazardous to the courtesabs, what was a male body to do? Eating and drinking and sex. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The Discovery of France: May 10, Jocelyn rated it really liked it Shelves: In other words, James Davidson writes, he reflected the culture of ancient Te in which he lived, a culture of passions and pleasures, of food, drink, and sex before—and in concert with—politics and principles.
Complex ideas are well explained and cited and great use is made of contemporary writings. I will await his next volume.
Athenians, the richest and most powerful of the Greeks, were fiahcakes skilled at consuming as their playwrights were at devising tragedies. It’s difficult to find books on Ancient Greece that have a new or different slant, but Davidson’s book is full of interesting facts about how the Ancient Gishcakes ate and drank and how it tied into their social and political life.
The book itself is a good balance of details to satisfy historians and a playful tone that makes it accessible to another reader. You couldn’t escape them, but you should regulate and control them.
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Packed with insights, meticulously documented, and academic to its core There was a problem filtering reviews right now. It did make me drag out my Greek books, though. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Open Preview See a Problem? He rebuts Foucault’s contention that the fear of penetration was a major stimulus in the Athenian psyche, positing instead that it was a fear of desire—unleashed, unrestrained, uncontrollable—that the average Athenian constructed as the biggest threat to the healthy life of the individual, the oikosthe polis.
They recognized demand but not supply. Small fishes that added to diet were affordable by everyone including workers, and the passsions may just have been cheap enough for slaves to afford them.
Obviously this showed that he calculated his language, rather than speaking from the heart. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
Yes, there are men who are famous for dinners, but the gap of rich and poor was not that large. 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.
As any reader of the Symposium knows, the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates conversed over lavish banquets, kept watch on who was eating too much fish, and imbibed liberally without ever getting drunk.
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 Quite consuming.
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