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Courtesans & Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens

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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. In other words, James Davidson writes, he reflected the culture of ancient Greece in which he lived, a culture of passions and pleasures, of food, drink, and sex before—and in concert with—politics and principles. Athenians, the richest and most powerful of the Greeks, were as skilled at consuming as their playwrights were at devising tragedies. Weaving together Greek texts, critical theory, and witty anecdotes, this compelling and accessible study teaches the reader a great deal, not only about the banquets and temptations of ancient Athens, but also about how to read Greek comedy and history.

About the Author

James Davidson is professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books and the author of the award-winning The Greeks and Greek Love

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Map
Introduction

Part I ∙ Feasts

1 Eating

2 Drinking

Part II ∙ Desire

3 Women and Boys

4 A Purchase on the Hetaera

Part III ∙ The Citizen

5 Bodies

6 Economies

Part IV ∙ The City

7 Politics and Society

8 Politics and Politicians

9 Tyranny and Revolution

Conclusion

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226137438
Author:
Davidson, James N
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Davidson, James N.
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 halftones, 2 maps
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Ancient Greece
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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