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Overview

This is the first study of food in classical antiquity that treats food as both a biological and a cultural phenomenon. The variables of food quantity, quality and availability, and the impact of disease, are evaluated and a judgement reached on the health of the population which inclines to pessimism. Food is also a symbol, evoking other basic human needs and desires, especially sex, and performing social and cultural roles which can be either integrative or divisive. The book explores food taboos in Greek, Roman and Jewish society, and food-allocation within the family, as well as more familiar cultural and economic polarities which are highlighted by food and eating.
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John D'Arms
Garnsey's new book, though brief and written for an introductory series aimed primarily at students and teachers, is a small triumph. One virtue, especially conspicuous in the masterly chapter on malnutrition, is his ability to keep the dietary staples, needs and conditions of the common people, both urban and rural, steadily in view, despite literary, documentary and archaeological sources that concentrate overwhelmingly on the practices and attitudes of the rich...A second strength is the author's synthetic approach to food as a biocultural phenomenon, both substance and symbol.
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"...this reviewer found the book most valuable, especially in its findings on (mal)nutrition. Its engaging and honest style, moderate price in paperback, and brevity make it a sensible choice for undergraduate courses on classical antiquity, and its bold position on the nutritional status of most individuals in antiquity has made an important contribution to a vital scholarly debate." The Historian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521645881
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: Key Themes in Ancient History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 175
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction: Food, substance and symbol 1
1 Diet 12
2 Food and the economy 22
3 Food crisis 34
4 Malnutrition 43
5 Otherness 62
6 Forbidden foods 82
7 Food and the family 100
8 Haves and havenots 113
9 You are with whom you eat 128
Conclusion: Choice and necessity 139
Bibliographical essay 144
Bibliography 149
Index 169
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