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Description - Courtesans and Fishcakes by James Davidson

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780006863434
ISBN-10: 0006863434
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 26mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Fontana Press
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 26-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James Davidson

James Davidson lectures in ancient history and the classical languages at the University of Warwick. He was previously a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford.