Professor James Davidson
Library, Continuation of Registration Committee, Discipline Appeals Committee, University Course Scrutiny Panel
Email: James dot Davidson at warwick dot ac dot uk
FAB 2.19, Faculty of Arts Building, University Road
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
Prof. James Davidson works on Greek social and cultural history and historiography. He has written articles on Polybius, Greek public bars and Dido and child-sacrifice and is a regular contributor to The London Review of Books, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. His first book, Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens was published in 1997. The Greeks and Greek Love (2007) won three international prizes for history.
He served on the Council for the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies from 2001 to 2004, and was a member of the Classical Association Journals Board 2000–2010.
Teaching and supervision
- Sex and Gender in Antiquity
- Food and Drink in the Ancient MediterraneanLink opens in a new window
- Greek Culture and Society
Recent research degrees supervised include:
- Sacred water in Greek religion (PhD)
- Function and functionality of the vase in Athenian society (MPhil/PhD)
- Boeotian Cults and Practices (PhD)
- Examinations Secretary, University Disciplinary Committee, University Appeals Committee.
- 'Politics, poetics, and erôs in archaic poetry'. In: Sanders, Ed, (ed.) Erôs and the polis. BICS supplement (No.119). London: Institute of Classical StudiesLink opens in a new window, University of London, 2013, pp. 5-37. ISBN 9781905670444 (In Press)
- 'Citizen consumers : the Athenian democracy and the origins of Western consumption'. In: Trentmann, Frank, (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the History of ConsumptionLink opens in a new window. Oxford Handbooks in History . Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 23-46. ISBN 9780199561216.
- 'Heracles to Alexander the Great'. TLSLink opens in a new window (No.5642), 2011, pp. 17-18. ISSN 0307-661X.
- 'Bodymaps : sexing space and zoning gender in ancient Athens'Link opens in a new window. Gender & History, Vol.23 (No.3). pp. 597-614. ISSN 0953-5233.
- The Greeks and Greek Love: a Radical Reappraisal of Homosexuality in Ancient GreeceLink opens in a new window (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2007); recipient of the Mark Lynton History Prize 2010Link opens in a new window.
- ‘Revolutions in Human Time. Age-Class in Athens and the Greekness of Greek Revolutions’, in S. Goldhill and R. Osborne, eds, Rethinking Revolutions through Ancient Greece (Cambridge University Press, 2006) 29–67.
- ‘Making a Spectacle of Her(self). The Courtesan and the Art of the Present’, in M. Feldman and B. Gordon, eds, The Courtesan's Arts: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2006) 29–51.
- 'Dover, Foucault and Greek Homosexuality: Penetration and the Truth of Sex', Past and Present 170 (2001), 3-51 - awarded the George Mosse Prize for outstanding contribution to gay and lesbian studies.
- Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
- MA (Oxford)
- M.A., M.Phil. (Columbia)
- D.Phil. (Oxford)
Drop in hours
Wednesday 13.00 and by appointment.
Sex and Gender in Antiquity
Food and Drink in the Ancient Mediterranean