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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Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens, Davidson
If you enjoy cultural history, then being able to learn about the motivations of the Athenians during this period is something you will enjoy. Athenaeus tells us of classicsl fish-loving painter from Cyzicus, Androcydes, who painted the sweet fare of these sweet waters in enthusiastic ppassions luxurious detail when depicting a scene of the multiheaded monster Scylla in the early fourth century; we should, perhaps, view the numerous ancient mosaics of marine life with the same perspective we now bring to Dutch flower-paintings, not as cerebral studies in realism, but as loving reproductions of desirable and expensivecommodities.
Write a customer review. Feb 27, Rk Wild rated it liked it Shelves: As far as wine is consumong, we learn all about the significance of drinking undiluted wine and the highly ceremonial drinking that went on at the symposia – or how all bets were off if those rules were not followed.
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They recognized demand but not supply. Where I did have a little trouble with what he was saying couttesans his attempt to reconstitute traditional scholarly views on socio-economic class tensions by saying that degrees of luxury were available to everyone, thus negating the existence of an ‘upper’ class. Davidson seeks to revive the hetaerae as significant players in ancient Athens.
HarperCollinsJul 7, – History – pages. Conspicuous consumption — not so clawsical. In this cultural history of Athens in its heyday, ie the High Classical period, Davidson explores what drove the Athenians. Since the Athenians were a legendary maritime culture, I would have thought that fish would have been a staple, but, apparently, the Mediterranean is notoriously fish-poor, at least with respect to delectable varieties.
Packed with insights, meticulously documented, and academic to its passiond And what was it? Actually this is a well researched sociological take on Greek society viewed through the lens of food and women. His constant contradictions of his own research makes it hard to take him seriously. Read more Read less. It gives a more complete picture of a regular citizen’s life in the consuing. Small fishes that added to diet were affordable by everyone including workers, and the courtesans may just have been cosuming enough for slaves to afford them.
Good look into some odd aspects of life in ancient Greece, but fairly slow-moving. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. James Davidson is a classical scholar and history professor at the University of Warwick, England.
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.
While it’s true to say that we can’t map 19th or 20th century preoccupations with class tensions onto the largely agrarian world of ancient Attica, I don’t think that means that such tensions were absent—particularly when I can’t remember Davidson acknowledging that the sources from which he worked were all written by men, and almost exclusively by men with the means and leisure to support their writing.
A really interesting slice of micro-historical text that explores virtue and vice as consumption in the classical Hellenic world.
Courtesans and Fishcakes
Hetaeras freaking crack me up. Its a window into these peoples’ lives and serves to humanize them. But, if you are looking for a treasure trove of personality, cultural practices and so on to make a story more realistic, this is a useful book.
Jun 11, Mary Catelli rated it it was amazing Shelves: Weaving together Greek texts, critical theory, and witty anecdotes, this compelling and accessible study teaches the conskming a great deal, not only about the banquets and temptations of ancient Athens, but also about how to read Greek comedy and history.
Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens by James Davidson
This educational book is chock full of details about classical Athenian life. When men were criticized for squandering their patrimony, they were said to spend it on hetaera and fishmongers.
Like drink or dice — or women, which you really had to be crazy about to be woman-mad. Fish was a favorite opson, often affordable only by the very rich or the not-so-rich-but-profligate.
Athenians, the richest and most powerful of the Greeks, were as skilled at consuming as their playwrights fizhcakes at devising tragedies.
And using plays that are comedic in itself can be considered a dangerous source as we don’t know what was true and what was hyperbole. 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.
It is well written and organized, but, unless one is interested in this area, it is not a great read. About a month ago, in a thread chronicling the adventures of Governor Spitzer, the following editorial comment was quoted: I have no idea.
Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens
As a Classicist, I loved this book as in his introduction Davidson brilliantly talked about how difficult it can be to try and figure how things were and the choices scholars make between types of evidence.
Fish was in the passoins of gourmandise as opposed to meat which was sacrificial and shared out absolutely equally. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Same thing with drinking: Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: There was a problem filtering reviews right now.