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Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens

Davidson, James

Verlag: Harper Perennial, US, 1999
ISBN 10: 0060977663 / ISBN 13: 9780060977665
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Titel: Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming ...

Verlag: Harper Perennial, US

Erscheinungsdatum: 1999

Einband: Paperback

Zustand: Very Good

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0060977663 Very good. Some creasing. Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Buchnummer des Verkäufers LOWER6RSG1177

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Inhaltsangabe: Crammed with intriguing details, this illuminating appraisal of vice and excess in the cradle of democracy delivers a fascinating and engagingly written study of the hedonism that ruled Athens. of photos.

Rezension: Desire is a dangerous thing, and the relationship between the citizens of ancient Athens and their desires was a complex and troubled one. James Davidson's Courtesans and Fishcakes is a brilliant and kaleidoscopic examination of daily life in classical Athens, and the life he reveals is simultaneously more alien and more familiar than we might have imagined. From fish-guzzling gourmands to the ambiguous eroticism of vase paintings, the cradle of Western culture is artfully, and frequently amusingly, anatomized. Davidson believes that many historians, under the influence of Foucault, are guilty of imposing modern views of desire, and particularly sexuality, on Greek culture, resulting in a simplistic interpretation of what was an extremely complicated issue. He refutes the prevailing opinion that sex in Athens was a simple binary opposition of penetrator and penetrated, drawing on a remarkable number of sources to show how sexuality was a slippery commodity rooted in intricate social negotiations, a characteristic shared with many other objects of desire, from eels to undiluted wine. Davidson sometimes assumes a little too much knowledge on the part of his audience--some basic information about the size of the Athenian population would have been helpful--but in spite of this Courtesans and Fishcakes is both accessible and provocative, offering a fascinating portrait of the private and public lives of ancient Athenians. --Simon Leake

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