Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens

Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens

James Davidson


the posh of the traditional global is famous, however the Athenian popularity is sober simply because this filthy rich, profitable city-state spent all its funds at the conspicuous intake of ephemeral issues. Their eating passions for foodstuff, wine and intercourse drove their society, in addition to producing the wealthy internet of privilege, transgression, guilt and taboo for which they're remembered this present day. utilizing pamphlets, comedian satires, forensic speeches - from authors as illustrious as Plato and as neglected as Philaenis - as resource fabric - this research combines a conventional classicist's rigour with an appreciation of the hot analytical concepts pioneered in gender and cultural stories to supply an alternate view of historic Athenian tradition and to deliver its fact right into a concentration more uncomplicated at the sleek eye.

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