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Courtesans & Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens Paperback – 5 Jul 2011

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Interesting Read. 25 Feb 2013
By Meg S. - Published on Amazon.com
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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 Athenians ate and drank and how it tied into their social and political life. I especially appreciated reading about Athenian taverns, as they don't often come up in other sources. It gives a more complete picture of a regular citizen's life in the polis.
Fascinating and well written 25 Feb 2014
By Jason Shepard - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a wonderful cultural history of ancient Greece. The author did a good job of contextualizing the information and painting a picture of the place and time. Both descriptive and interpretive.
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He's not prude 28 Sep 2013
By Boyd Hone - Published on Amazon.com
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James Davidson's COURTESANS AND FISHCAKES relates eating, drinking and lovemaking in the Athens of Pericles (or thereabouts). I'm the rare Frenchman who doesn't care all that much for food and drink, which leaves what we call un cinq à sept. Davidson plays down the role of boys, certain that the Greeks were far more portés sur le sexe faible. Even so, he does describe the act of love between men as - for the receiver - a kind of itching of incredible pleasure which just goes on and on until the strength of the giver abandons him. Although I personally fear even a thermometer, one has to wonder, when one hears the animal cries on the Web - begging for the giver to go faster and deeper - if one hasn't wasted a part of one's life. All this to say that Davidson is no prude, he clearly and engrossingly describes what may well have gone on, and that if you are ALSO interested in eating and drinking, this book is for you. My own books can be found on Amazon, in English and French, under Michael Hone.
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