May 16, 2003

Opsophagoi

What do we mean when we call Henry Farrell an opsophagos?

Posted by DeLong at May 16, 2003 11:29 AM | TrackBack

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We mean he eats delicacies, and, if we are Aristophanes (opsophagoi harpies) or Aristotle, we don't mean it as a compliment. "A certain opsophagos prayed for a throat longer than a cranes, implying that he derived his pleasure from touch."

Gene O'Grady

Posted by: Gene O'Grady on May 16, 2003 12:46 PM

See 'Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens' by James Davidson. And don't just see it, read it-- a great book.

Posted by: Matt on May 17, 2003 05:45 AM
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