By John F. Donahue
Curiosity in foods and drinks as a tutorial self-discipline has been transforming into considerably lately.
This sourcebook is a different asset to many classes on meals because it deals a thematic method of consuming and ingesting in antiquity. For classics classes targeting historic social background to introductory classes at the background of foods and drinks, in addition to these choices with a powerful sociological or anthropological technique this quantity presents an remarkable compilation of crucial resource fabric.
The chronological scope of the excerpts extends from Homer within the 8th Century BCE to the Roman emperor Constantine within the Fourth Century CE. each one thematic bankruptcy comprises an advent besides a bibliography of steered readings. Translated excerpts are then awarded followed by way of an explanatory heritage paragraph settling on the writer and context of every passage.
Most of the facts is literary, yet extra assets - inscriptional, felony and spiritual - also are incorporated.
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After washing, they take a meal, seated apart, each at his own table: then, arms in hand, they proceed to business or, no less often, to revelry. It is a reproach to no man to make day and night run together by heavy drinking. Brawls are frequent, naturally, among heavy drinkers: rarely are they settled with abuse, more often by bloodshed and wounds. But for the most part they deliberate at these banquets about the mutual reconciliation of enemies, the forming of family alliances, the appointment of chiefs, and even the matter of war and peace, as if at no other time were the mind more open to obvious thoughts, or better warmed to greater ones.
When the poor cook stood by the table and said that he had forgotten to gut it, “What? ” shouts Trimalchio. “You would think that he had not seasoned it with pepper and cumin. ” There was no delay; the cook was stripped and stood gloomily between two executioners. Nevertheless, we all began to intercede on the cook’s behalf and say: “These things will happen. ” I, very cruel in my severity, was unable to hold myself, but leaned over and said in Agamemnon’s ear: “Clearly, this must be the most worthless slave; how could anyone forget to gut a pig?
Note especially the emperor’s satisfaction with his meager lunch compared to that of others.
Food and Drink in Antiquity: Readings from the Greco-Roman World, A Sourcebook (Bloomsbury Sources in Ancient History) by John F. Donahue