Food and Drink in Antiquity: Readings from the Greco-Roman World, a Sourcebook (Hardback)
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Short Description for Food and Drink in Antiquity An accurate and accessible tool for understanding the rich and varied contexts for eating and drinking in antiquity.
- Published: 28 August 2014
- Format: Hardback 360 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781441196804 ISBN 10: 1441196803
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Interest in food and drink as an academic discipline has been growing significantly in recent years. This sourcebook is a unique asset to many courses on food as it offers a thematic approach to eating and drinking in antiquity. For classics courses focusing on ancient social history to introductory courses on the history of food and drink, as well as those offerings with a strong sociological or anthropological approach this volume provides an unparalleled compilation of essential source material. The chronological scope of the excerpts extends from Homer in the Eighth Century BCE to the Roman emperor Constantine in the Fourth Century CE. Each thematic chapter consists of an introduction along with a bibliography of suggested readings. Translated excerpts are then presented accompanied by an explanatory background paragraph identifying the author and context of each passage. Most of the evidence is literary, but additional sources - inscriptional, legal and religious - are also included.