Courtesans and Fishcakes

The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens (Text Only)
Product Number: EB00658751
Released: Mar 31, 2016
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780007373185
Publisher: Fontana Press
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Description

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.

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Author(s): James Davidson
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Mar 31, 2016

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