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A significant other to meals within the historic international offers a entire assessment of the cultural features in terms of the construction, guidance, and intake of foods and drinks in antiquity. offers an updated assessment of the learn of nutrition within the old international. Addresses all facets of meals construction, distribution, practise, and intake in the course of antiquity. positive factors unique scholarship from a number of the most Read more...


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As this example demonstrates, food and its uses in narrative carry symbolic value, as they do in many cultures and literary traditions. The cannibalism of the Cyclops and the corrupt and incessant feasts of the suitors both offend against the privileged good order of a well run society, as is seen, for example, in the paradigmatic episode at the beginning of Odyssey 3 in which Nestor and his sons greet Telemachus and the disguised Athena on the Pylian shore and, after completing their sacrifice, offer their visitors “roast meat” and wine.

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. 346 V); the song reminds us that others have gone before – the lovelorn drinker is never really alone (on this poem cf. Hunter, 2010, 284–8; Sens, 2011, 102–11). Epigram also inherited, notably from Attic comedy, scenes of preparations for festivity: There are four of us drinking, each has a girlfriend: one Chian jar is not sufficient for eight.

You should, furthermore, count it as a bonus if you sometimes gain acquaintance with antiquity plainly in my own words, at other times through the faithful record of the ancients’ own words, as each item lends itself to being cited or transcribed. (Macr. Saturnalia praef. 3‐12) Athenaeus the Encyclopedist 35 And he continues with a passage about bees creating honey from the flowers they visit, which is itself derived from Seneca. At one point Athenaeus describes his work as a synago ̄ge ̄, a collection (509e).

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