Roman Dining: A Special Issue of American Journal of Philology

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This special issue of the American Journal of Philology illuminates the nature and function of food and dining in the Roman world, offering historical, sociological, literary, cultural, and material perspectives.

The articles collected here explore topics from diverse fields to analyze Roman culture and material practice, including the dietary practices and nutritional concerns of the Romans, dining and its links to ideology during the early imperial period, public banqueting ...

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Overview

This special issue of the American Journal of Philology illuminates the nature and function of food and dining in the Roman world, offering historical, sociological, literary, cultural, and material perspectives.

The articles collected here explore topics from diverse fields to analyze Roman culture and material practice, including the dietary practices and nutritional concerns of the Romans, dining and its links to ideology during the early imperial period, public banqueting and its social function in Roman society, and the emphasis placed on the waiting servant in both domestic and funerary settings.

The American Journal of Philology is renowned for its role in helping to shape American classical scholarship. Today the Journal has achieved worldwide recognition as a forum for international exchange among classicists by publishing original research in Greco-Roman literature, and culture.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Gastronomica
A high-quality collection of essays that those interested in Roman food and Roman social history will want to consult.

— Peter O'Neill

Gastronomica - Peter O'Neill
A high-quality collection of essays that those interested in Roman food and Roman social history will want to consult.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801882029
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara K. Gold is a professor of classics at Hamilton College and editor of The American Journal of Philology. John F. Donahue is an assistant professor in the department of classical studies at the College of William and Mary.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
The way we used to eat : diet, community, and history at Rome 1
Land and sea : Italy and the Mediterranean in the Roman discourse of dining 31
Horizontal women : posture and sex in the Roman Convivium 49
Toward a typology of Roman public feasting 95
The waiting servant in later Roman art 115
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