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Food in the Ancient World


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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.

About the Author

John M. Wilkins is Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Exeter. He is the author of Euripides: Heraclidae (1993) and The Boastful Chef: The Discourse of Food in Ancient Greek Comedy (2000) and has edited several books on Greek literature and food in the ancient world. Shaun Hill is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. He is chef and former owner of the Michelin-starred Merchant House and works as an independent food writer. His books include Cooking at the Merchant House (2000), How to Cook Better (2004), and Cook (with others, 2005). John Wilkins and Shaun Hill have co-written several books and articles including Archestratus: The Life of Luxury (1994)


"[A] fascinating tour through Greek and Roman eating habits." The Guardian "This learned and often amusing work will help to establish the importance of this field of study [food history]. Covering the period of antiquity from 750 BC to AD 200, it is a fruitful joint effort between a classicist, Wilkins, and Hill, a distinguished chef... By contrasting the ancient world with our own, this book shows how little human nature has changed in three millennia." BBC History Magazine "A delight in every sense -- learned, but written with a real delight in its subject matter, packed with beguiling information and drawing cunning parallels between the ancient and modern food worlds." Matthew Fort, Food & Drink Editor, The Guardian ?A clear and comprehensive introduction that will be useful both for teachers and for anyone wishing for an overview of a complex, but absolutely central, aspect of Greek and Roman life. This book will certainly whet the reader?s appetite to learn still more.? Susan Alcock, Brown University "A delicious feast of a book... Unlike many other books of its type, Food in the Ancient World has been written with the combined talents of a respected classicist and a world-class chef to cover a millenium of food consumption from c.750 BC to 200AD... a valuable addition to any writer's reference collection." The New Writer ?Outstanding Title? The authors incorporate an impressive range of ancient sources, modern classical scholarship, and studies in the history of food? Highly recommended? Choice

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