The Archaeology and Politics of Food and Feasting in Early States and Empires / Edition 1

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Food, along with sex, has long been recognised as one of the most important mainstays of, not only the essence of life, but also of politics. These ten essays present comparative case studies from the Old and New Worlds addressing the political connotations of food and feasting and highlighting the use of 'culinary equipment as a window into the commensual politics of early states and empires'. The contributors present evidence from early Mesopotamia, Egypt, early China, pre-Inca, Inca, Mesoamerican and Aztec societies, looking at the symbolic and political use of food, and at whether feasting was used to create and enforce social boundaries, gender distinctions, social hierarchies, male dominance and so on. Contributors include:
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306477300
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 7/31/2003
  • Edition description: 2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

The Development of Horticulture in the Eastern Woodlands of North America: Women’s Role.- The Commensal Politics of Early States and Empires.- Old World.- Feasts, Funerals, and Fast Food in Early Mesopotamian States.- Pharaohs, Feasts, and Foreigners.- Feasting the Ancestors in Early China.- New World.- To Dine Splendidly.- From Stew-Eaters to Maize-Drinkers.- Pots, Politics, and Power.- Feasting at Home.- Aztec Feasts Rituals and Markets.- Concluding Remarks.- Clearing the Table.- Epilogue.- Feasting and the Practice of Stately Manners.

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