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A spouse to nutrition within the old World offers a accomplished evaluate of the cultural points when it comes to the construction, guidance, and intake of food and drinks in antiquity.

• offers an updated evaluate of the learn of foodstuff within the historic world
• Addresses all elements of nutrition creation, distribution, practise, and intake in the course of antiquity
• positive factors unique scholarship from one of the most influential North American and eu experts in Classical historical past, historic historical past, and archaeology
• Covers a large geographical diversity from Britain to historical Asia, together with Egypt and Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, areas surrounding the Black Sea, and China
• Considers the relationships of meals when it comes to historical nutrition, foodstuff, philosophy, gender, type, faith, and extra

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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. 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.

He may also be the procurator patrimonii “Livius Laurensis,” who handed over the corpse of the murdered emperor Commodus for burial at night (SHA Commodus 20). He would then be a prominent historical figure 34 Oswyn Murray of the right generation to act as host at Athenaeus’ imaginary banquet. However, the idea of Larensis as the direct patron of Athenaeus is chronologically implausible. 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.

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. The most famous expression of this good order in antiquity was Odysseus’ so‐called “Golden Verses” from the start of Book 9: I say that there is nothing more delightful than when good cheer holds the whole demos, and through the hall feasters sit in rows listening to a bard, and beside them are tables full of bread and meat, and a wine‐steward draws wine from a mixing‐bowl and pours it into the cups.

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