Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens (Paperback)
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Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 01/06/1998
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A brilliantly entertaining and innovative history of the ancient Athenians' consuming passions for food, wine and sex.

Sex, shopping and fish-madness, Athenian style.

This fascinating book reveals that the ancient Athenians were supreme hedonists. Their society was driven by an insatiable lust for culinary delights - especially fish - fine wine and pleasures of the flesh. Indeed, great fortunes were squandered and politicians' careers ruined through ritual drinking at the symposium, or the wooing of highly-coveted, costly prostitutes.

James Davidson brings an incisive eye and an urbane wit to this refreshingly accessible and different history of the people who invented Europe, democracy and art.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780006863434
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 292 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`Davidson is the best thing to happen to ancient history writing for decades'
Andrew Roberts, Mail on Sunday

`There are pleasures and authors who lie dormant for a century or more until a new kind of vividness, a super-freshness descends on them. James Davidson has that skill.'
Spectator

`If little boys are still being made to learn dead languages, and expected to enjoy them, I hope their Greek master reads Davidson's fascinating and witty book, and tells them the best stories from it. This certainly ought to wake them up at the back of the class.'
Sunday Times

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