Courtesans and Fishcakes has ratings and 51 reviews. Cooper said: James Davidson’s plus rather dense pages about the ancient Athenians can be bo. A brilliantly entertaining and innovative history of the ancient Athenians’ consuming passions for food, wine and sex. As any reader of the Symposium knows, the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates conversed over lavish banquets, kept watch on who was.
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Courtesans and Fishcakes
In terms of quality, therefore, the ancient portions of meat were both uneven and unequal, some mostly fat and bone, some largely fillet and rump, and had to be distributed among the sacrificing community by drawing lots to ensure everyone at least got an equal chance at fisshcakes good piece. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Buy the selected items together This item: And, in your eagerness to get the talent, may you choke to death with your mouth full.
It is not just their tastiness that connects fish to seduction, but also the way they look. These were known as the consuming passions which Plato believed everyone from the human race was susceptible to from birth: And the delicate art of a hetaera, a companion, who received gifts from her friends — a delicate fishcqkes there, to avoid a quid pro quo, and still more to avoid charging a set fee.
I will give him props for having the balls to assert, uniquely, I think, fiahcakes my reading experience, that Foucault is wrong in this instance about the social significance in classical Attica of taking the passive role in sodomy. One of my favourite non-fiction books ever!
Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens
There’s something there to come back to, I think. Complex ideas are well explained and cited and great use is made of contemporary writings. In this cultural history of Athens in its heyday, ie the High Classical courtedans, Davidson explores what drove the Athenians. It was just the same: Mar 30, Matthew Gallaway rated it it was amazing.
I know as much about ancient Greece as your average 4th grader, actually they’d probably know more, but I was interested in what social significance passions held for Athenians of that time. 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.
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Oct 19, Erik rated it really liked it.
Fish were also absent from another important scene, noted by a character in a comedy of Eubulus: Being much closer to the time of reading and having involved some note-taking, it was better than this brief appreciation will be. The Greeks mixed their wine with water, and during symposia the amounts and the process were ritualized to ensure moderation for example, the wine-water ratio was fixed, and the wine was sipped from very shallow cups.
Even if you are just a reader of historical fiction, your enjoyment level will be doubled by your encounter with this remarkable piece of scholarship. The book is about pleasure, but it’s not a light read. But in that fishackes how to explain the fact that fishing and fish-eating did occur in the Odyssey?
Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens, Davidson
Jun 07, Fade rated it really liked it. Comic authors made use of this notion of piscine irresistibility to create spoof imprecations and oaths. It should be the other way round. Obviously this showed that he calculated his language, rather than speaking from the heart. Actually this is a well researched sociological take on Greek society viewed through the lens cuortesans food and women.
Courtesans and Fishcakes – James Davidson – Google Books
Jan 30, Bird rated it it was amazing. This was not in itself an uninteresting subject, but failed nevertheless to absorb Socrates’ complete attention. And may the man come for you before you have time to eat. The astonishing cultural legacy of ancient Athens fishcake leave the impression that ordinary Athenians during the Golden Age spent their leisure-filled lives contemplating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.
Conspicuous consumption — not so much. This, argued Aristarchus, was only to be found in exceptional circumstances, when the heroes were suffering from extreme hunger, for instance.
Ancient vegetarians in this respect display a striking contrast with their modern counterparts who are often more ready to eat fish than any other animal.
I was, for instance, impressed by the author’s statement that he had to refer to foreign vocabularies in order to even handle, say, the distinctions the Athenians drew between fish–no words in English being available.
Apr 14, Erik Graff rated it really liked it Recommends it for: At times I found myself wishing there were a little more clarity courtfsans, let’s say, those of us who don’t know French, or would like a little more info on the Juvenalian satire being referred to.