In Food in the Ancient World
, a respected classicist and a practising world-class chef explore a millennium of eating and drinking.
- Explores a millennium of food consumption, from c.750 BC to 200 AD.
- Shows the pivotal role food had in a world where it was linked with morality and the social order.
- Concerns people from all walks of life – impoverished citizens subsisting on cereals to the meat-eating elites.
- Describes religious sacrifices, ancient dinner parties and drinking bouts, as well as exotic foods and recipes.
- Considers the role of food in ancient literature from Homer to Juvenal and Petronius.