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A better half to nutrients within the historical global provides a entire review of the cultural features in terms of the construction, instruction, and intake of food and drinks in antiquity. offers an updated assessment of the learn of foodstuff within the historic international. Addresses all features of meals construction, distribution, guidance, and intake in the course of antiquity. positive aspects unique scholarship from the various most Read more...


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25d). The matter has been much discussed in modern scholarship (cf. Davidson, 1997, 11–20), but it does seem most likely, as Aristarchus essentially realized, that Homer’s focus on meat‐eating, particularly as an accompaniment to sacrifice, is part of the creation of a heroic, distanced world, and is not to be taken as a realistic reflection of élite life in the Bronze Age. 113, cited below). As this example demonstrates, food and its uses in narrative carry symbolic value, as they do in many cultures and literary traditions.

116‐20) and a world of peace and concord was Attic, as also Sicilian (Epicharmus), comedy. In comedy, however, such visions of plenty had more to do with wish‐fulfillment and the carnival world created by these dramas – note especially the culinary conclusion to Aristophanes’ Ekklesiazousai – than with mor­ alizing protreptic, as in Hesiod. Food could still, of course, carry argumentative force. In Aristophanes’ Acharnians the central character makes a private peace treaty with the 22 Richard Hunter and Demetra Koukouzika Spartans, which means that all of the good things of Greece of which the blockaded Athenians are deprived can flow into his private market.

Perhaps though we can agree that the Greeks and Romans did not have a great food culture? On your side because you do not accept the category and on mine because it lacks the system and longevity of the Chinese. ” RN: But what about the Mediterranean diet? Would it have its origins in the Greco‐ Roman food culture or is it again an intellectual construction more or less related to reality? JW: The Mediterranean diet has its origins in periods well before Greek and Roman cultures developed, I would say.

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