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A Companion to Food in the Ancient World (Blackwell

A spouse to meals within the historic World offers a finished evaluate of the cultural elements when it comes to the creation, training, and intake of foods and drinks in antiquity.

• offers an updated evaluation of the research of meals within the historical world
• Addresses all elements of foodstuff creation, distribution, education, and intake in the course of antiquity
• beneficial properties unique scholarship from probably the most influential North American and ecu experts in Classical background, old background, and archaeology
• Covers a large geographical variety from Britain to historic Asia, together with Egypt and Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, areas surrounding the Black Sea, and China
• Considers the relationships of nutrition when it comes to old nutrition, food, philosophy, gender, category, faith, and extra

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345–8). ” It was noted at least as early as the fourth century bc that fish did not form a regular part of the Homeric diet (cf. Pl. R. 404b12‐c3, Eub. fr. 118 KA = 120 Hunter); in the Iliad, in fact, fishing only occurs in similes (cf. 80–2), and Hellenistic scholars, the so‐called “separators,” who believed that the two poems were the work of different poets, used the absence of any fish‐eating from the Iliad as one piece of evidence (scholium on Il. 747). The greatest Homeric scholar of the Hellenistic period, Aristarchus, argued against the “separators” that Homer minimized references to fish and seafood because it was trivial (mikroprepes), just as “he does not show them eating vegetables” (scholium on Il.

But it unquestionably also owed a substantial debt to its predecessors. It then itself in turn served as a source for others’ compilations” (Finnegan, 2011, 150). Macrobius, who might perhaps even be drawing on a lost passage of the original preface of his model Athenaeus, is even more explicit: Please do not fault me if I often set forth the accounts I draw from my varied reading in the very words that the authors themselves used; the work before you promises not a display of eloquence but an accumulation of things worth knowing.

Like Dio himself and his contemporaries Philostratus and Aelian, Athenaeus’ work is an exercise in nostalgia, belonging to the flowering of early third‐ century writing that has often been connected with the literary patronage of the two sisters who created and controlled the Severan and Syrian dynasties, Julia Domna (wife of Septimius Severus) and Julia Maesa (grandmother of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander). Athenaeus can therefore safely be placed in the first quarter of the third century. 686c as occurring peacefully a few days after his departure from the banquet; this is perhaps a disguised reference to a real contemporary event, for the jurist Ulpian, praetorian prefect under Severus Alexander, was murdered by his troops in ad 223.

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