Food in the Ancient World / Edition 1

Food in the Ancient World / Edition 1

by John Wilkins, Shaun Hill
     
 

In Food in the Ancient World, a respected classicist and a practising world-class chef explore a millennium of eating and drinking.

The book focuses on ancient Greece and Rome, but also looks at Persian, Egyptian, Celtic and other cultures. It embraces people from all walks of life, from impoverished citizens subsisting on cereals, chickpeas and even

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In Food in the Ancient World, a respected classicist and a practising world-class chef explore a millennium of eating and drinking.

The book focuses on ancient Greece and Rome, but also looks at Persian, Egyptian, Celtic and other cultures. It embraces people from all walks of life, from impoverished citizens subsisting on cereals, chickpeas and even locusts, to the meat-eating elites whose demands drove advances in gastronomy. The authors reveal how food – used to uphold the social system and linked by philosophers to moral character – played a pivotal role in the ancient world. They describe religious sacrifices, ancient dinner parties and drinking bouts, as well as exotic foods and recipes.

Extending from Syria to Spain, and from the steppes of Russia to the deserts of North Africa, this evocative account gives readers a taste of the ancient world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631235514
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/13/2006
Series:
Ancient Cultures Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Figures.

Preface.

Timeline.

Map of the Mediterranean.

Introduction.

1. An Overview of Food in Antiquity.

Introduction.

2. The Social Context of Eating.

Introduction.

3. Food and Ancient Religion.

Introduction.

4. Staple Foods: Cereals and Pulses.

Introduction.

5. Meat and Fish.

Introduction.

6. Wine and Drinking.

Introduction.

7. Food in Ancient Thought.

Introduction.

8. Medial Approaches to Food.

Introduction.

9. Food in Literature.

Recipes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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