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Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens

Author: Davidson, James Set In . . .
 Europe, Athens, Greece
Genre: Other
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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.

  
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