Food in the Ancient World [NOOK Book]

Overview

The ways of life of four great ancient civilizations-the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Celts-are illuminated here through their foodways. The cultures were moving toward settled agriculture, and it was a time of experimentation and learning. Cities also emerged, and this consumer society needed to be provided for. Food in the Ancient World draws on writings of Classical authors such as Petronius, Galen, and Cato and archeological findings to present intimate insight into ancient peoples. This volume will be ...
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Food in the Ancient World

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Overview

The ways of life of four great ancient civilizations-the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Celts-are illuminated here through their foodways. The cultures were moving toward settled agriculture, and it was a time of experimentation and learning. Cities also emerged, and this consumer society needed to be provided for. Food in the Ancient World draws on writings of Classical authors such as Petronius, Galen, and Cato and archeological findings to present intimate insight into ancient peoples. This volume will be indispensable to complement Classical history, culture, and literature studies at the high school level on up and to inform the general reader.

The volume begins with an overview of the civilizations and their agricultural practices and trade. A lengthy discussion of the foodstuffs available describes the discovery, emergence, usage, and appraisals of the ancients of a host of ingredients. A chapter covers food by civilization. Chapters on food preparation and the food professions and eating habits provide a fascinating look at the social structure, with slaves and women preparing and serving food. The account of the gatherings of slaves and freedmen in taverns, inns, and bars and the elites' notorious banquet, symposium, feast, or convivium is particularly intriguing and crucial to understanding male society. Other aspects covered are food for soldiers, food in religious and funerary practices, and concepts of diet and nutrition. Many Classical recipes are interspersed, along with illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In her well-prepared contribution to the growing study of food in historical context, the UK author of Food in Roman Britain (2004) treats food cultivation and consumption by the ancient Roman, Egyptian, Greek, and Celt civilizations. Based on evidence including skeletal remains (some mummies show signs of obesity), Alcock reviews their agricultural practices, food preparation, eating and drinking habits and establishments, and concepts of diet and health. The book includes a timeline, list of the classical authors cited, maps, and food-related illustrations."

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Reference & Research Book News

"College-level collections with strong holdings in either ancient history or culinary history will want to take a close look at Food in the Ancient World."

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MBR Internet Bookwatch

"[A]n introduction to the food and eating habits of four ancient civilizations: the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Celts. Alcock divides the book into six sections: historical overview, foodstuffs, food preparation and food professions, food by civilization, eating habits, and concepts of diet and nutrition. She also provides a time line and brief biographies of the classical authors mentioned in the book. The prose is clear and there are illustrations. Because this book is written as an introduction, it reads more like a series of encyclopedia entries than a cohesive narrative, but this makes it an easy source for locating general information on the culinary aspect of each civilization….[h]elpful to upper-level high-school students and lower-level undergraduates doing reports on ancient civilizations, and to libraries either starting or adding to a food history collection. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates."

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Choice

"Concentrating on four civilizations-Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Celtic-this fascinating study shows how food was grown, produced, and eaten from the beginnings of Egyptian pre-dynastic civilization until the end of the Roman Empire. Trade in spices and dealing with crop failures are just two topics that indicate how important food production has been in the history of societies. Maps and chapter bibliographies are included."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313083143
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2005
  • Series: Food through History
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

JOAN P. ALCOCK is an archeologist and historian and an Honorary Fellow of London South Bank University and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. She is the author of Life in Roman Britain (1996) and Food in Roman Britain (2001), among other works.

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Table of Contents

1 Historical overview 1
Population 1
Agricultural practices 4
Trade 24
2 Foodstuffs 31
Grains 31
Legumes 35
Fungi 38
Fruits 39
Nuts 47
Vegetables 49
Root vegetables 51
Salad vegetables 55
Weeds 55
Herbs 56
Spices 60
Meat 64
Game 69
Fowl 70
Eggs 75
Fish 75
Crustacea 80
Dairy products 82
Condiments 84
Beverages 90
3 Food preparation and the food professions 103
Procedures, equipment, and utensils 103
Professionals 118
Dining establishments 123
4 Food by civilization 135
The Egyptians 136
The Greeks 150
The Romans 161
The Celts 172
5 Eating habits 181
Meals 181
Food for special occasions 187
Food for special groups 206
6 Concepts of diet and nutrition 227
Theory of eating 227
Humoral theory 229
Food supply 230
Diet 233
Scarcity, famine, and malnutrition 237
Taboos 242
Teeth : diet and hygiene 245
Cemetery and tomb evidence 247
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