A Companion to Food in the Ancient World by John Wilkins, Robin Nadeau

By John Wilkins, Robin Nadeau

A better half to foodstuff within the historic global provides a finished evaluate of the cultural features on the subject of the construction, education, and intake of food and drinks in antiquity. presents an up to date evaluation of the learn of meals within the old global. Addresses all features of nutrition construction, distribution, practise, and intake in the course of antiquity. good points unique scholarship from many of the most Read more...


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Slaves steal food – this is the working assumption of literature at all levels, but behind this assumption lie, of course, real facts about hunger and nutrition‐levels barely sufficient to sustain life. In the Homeric Hymn to Apollo the god “kidnaps” Cretan merchants and makes their ship sail to Crisa, the port of Delphi where they are to serve him in the temple. Their leader asks the god Lord, since you have brought us far from our dear ones and our native land, this must have been in accordance with your wishes.

16 John Wilkins and Robin Nadeau JW: I don’t think we are as far apart as all that, Robin. 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.

For the modern user the problem is compounded by his peculiar interests, whether in fragments or in social history. Since this is a dictionary of selected quotations, the reader who consults it as a source for any type of information needs to know the author’s principles of selection in order to understand and recompose the excerpts, to discern how their meaning may have been changed by their displacement from their original context to their new “decontextualized” position. The ancient user has a simpler problem: he or she must know the organizing principle in order to find his or her way around: in order to use this massive reference work of 30 papyrus rolls, stored in a box or set of pigeon holes, he or she needs to know how to locate the specific information that each roll may contain.

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