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Excellent for both the amateur and professional classicist,
This review is from: Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens (Paperback)
Davidson, in this fascinating, elegantly written, amusing and yet academically-rigorous book, gives the perfect object lesson in how to write for both the professional classicist and the amateur historian without ever losing credibility or talking down to his audience. Whatever your interest, he surveys fifth century Athens and takes you from the aristocratic male environment of the symposium, to the back lanes of the city via pottery shops, food stalls and brothels. Exposing the Athenian discourse on appetite in all its variety, he tackles the perennially- fascinating subjects of food, drink and sex - and succeeds in making us feel that the classical Athenians are both just like us and yet simultaneously utterly alien.
Forget Rubicon, Persian Fire and all the other 'pseudo-history books' - this is the real thing and an excellent read.