James N. Davidson

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James N. Davidson (* 1964 ) is a British ancient historian .


James N. Davidson studied Ancient History at the University of Oxford and the University of Columbia and was subsequently a Research Fellow at Trinity College , Oxford , where he worked in 1997 with Courtesans and Fishcakes. The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens received her PhD. In this work he examined everyday life in the ancient metropolis. It has been translated into numerous other languages, including German. He then moved to the University of Warwick . His main research interests are ancient Greek social and cultural history, Greek historiography, Polybius , child sacrifices, public inns and the legendary figure Dido . He is a regular contributor to The London Review of Books , The Guardian , The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times .

In 2010 Davidson received the Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Nonfiction category for The Greeks and Greek Love .


  • Consuming passions. Appetite, addiction and spending in classical Athens. , Oxford 1994
  • Courtesans & fishcakes. The consuming passions of classical Athens , HarperCollins, London 1997.
    • Courtesans and seafood. The consuming passions in classical Athens , settlers, Berlin 1999 ISBN 3-88680-651-0 .
  • One Mykonos , London 1999 ISBN 1861971257 .
  • One Mykonos. Being ancients, being islands, being giants, being gay , Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press, New York 2000 ISBN 0312262140 .
  • The Greeks and Greek Love , Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London 2007 ISBN 978-0297819974 .

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Individual evidence

  1. Tony Valenzuela: 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards Winners Announced. In: Lambda Literary. May 28, 2010, accessed March 26, 2019 .