A Companion to Food in the Ancient World (Blackwell by John Wilkins, Robin Nadeau

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By John Wilkins, Robin Nadeau

A spouse to meals within the historical World provides a entire review of the cultural points in relation to the construction, education, and intake of food and drinks in antiquity.

• offers an up to date evaluation of the examine of meals within the old world

• Addresses all facets of nutrients creation, distribution, instruction, and intake in the course of antiquity

• positive aspects unique scholarship from probably the most influential North American and eu experts in Classical background, historic historical past, and archaeology

• Covers a large geographical variety from Britain to historical Asia, together with Egypt and Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, areas surrounding the Black Sea, and China

• Considers the relationships of foodstuff in terms of old vitamin, nutrients, philosophy, gender, type, faith, and more

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Food has moved very far from being simply a way of ­dispelling hunger. The comic mageiros, a “cook” who also supplies and if necessary butchers the ingredi­ ents, is not a slave employed by an élite household, but (usually) a free man of relatively low status available for hire. He is characterized by a very exaggerated sense of his own skill and importance; comic cooks present themselves as philosophers, generals, musical experts, and all‐round saviors and benefactors of humanity. One of Philemon’s cooks claims that the merest whiff of his cooking brings the dead back to life (fr.

What’s wrong? You’re not the only one cruel Cypris has captured, nor are you the only one against whom bitter Love has directed his bow and arrows – why become ash while you’re alive? Let us drink the strong draught of Bacchus. There’s only a finger breadth left till dawn; or shall we wait to see again the lamps which escort us home to bed? ” Asclepiades, Anth. Pal. 50 = 16 Sens The poet here finds consolation not just in drink, but also in reworking a famous drinking‐song of the archaic Lesbian poet, Alcaeus (fr.

It is far more probable that Larensis was the founder‐patron of a library that still existed in Athenaeus’ day, and perhaps belonged to a descendant of Larensis. In a fundamental study Christian Jacob has portrayed Athenaeus as a natural librarian, obsessed with giving exact source references in his compilation; although he admits that “there is no evidence to suggest that Athenaeus was Larensis’ librarian” (Jacob, 2000, 88, 2013), what better way of commemorating the great collection of rare books that Athenaeus was himself perhaps responsible for, than to present their riches in the form of a literary feast hosted by the library’s original founder?

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