Skip to main content

Food in the Ancient World

Food in the Ancient World

John Wilkins, Shaun Hill

ISBN: 978-0-631-23550-7

Feb 2006, Wiley-Blackwell

320 pages

In Stock

$133.95

Description

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.
Figures.

Preface.

Timeline.

Map of the Mediterranean.

Introduction.

1. An Overview of Food in Antiquity.

Introduction.

2. The Social Context of Eating.

Introduction.

3. Food and Ancient Religion.

Introduction.

4. Staple Foods: Cereals and Pulses.

Introduction.

5. Meat and Fish.

Introduction.

6. Wine and Drinking.

Introduction.

7. Food in Ancient Thought.

Introduction.

8. Medial Approaches to Food.

Introduction.

9. Food in Literature.

Recipes.

Bibliography.

Index.

"[A] fascinating tour through Greek and Roman eating habits." The Guardian

"This learned and often amusing work will help to establish the importance of this field of study [food history]. Covering the period of antiquity from 750 BC to AD 200, it is a fruitful joint effort between a classicist, Wilkins, and Hill, a distinguished chef... By contrasting the ancient world with our own, this book shows how little human nature has changed in three millennia." BBC History Magazine

"A delight in every sense -- learned, but written with a real delight in its subject matter, packed with beguiling information and drawing cunning parallels between the ancient and modern food worlds." Matthew Fort, Food & Drink Editor, The Guardian

“A clear and comprehensive introduction that will be useful both for teachers and for anyone wishing for an overview of a complex, but absolutely central, aspect of Greek and Roman life. This book will certainly whet the reader’s appetite to learn still more.” Susan Alcock, Brown University

"A delicious feast of a book... Unlike many other books of its type, Food in the Ancient World has been written with the combined talents of a respected classicist and a world-class chef to cover a millenium of food consumption from c.750 BC to 200AD... a valuable addition to any writer's reference collection." The New Writer

“Outstanding Title… The authors incorporate an impressive range of ancient sources, modern classical scholarship, and studies in the history of food… Highly recommended”
Choice


  • An evocative account of food in antiquity written by a respected classicist and a practising world-class chef.

  • 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.