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Food and Society in Classical Antiquity

Food and Society in Classical Antiquity

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Part of Key Themes in Ancient History

  • Date Published: April 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521645881

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  • This is the first study of food in classical antiquity that treats it as both a biological and a cultural phenomenon. The variables of food quantity, quality and availability, and the impact of disease, are evaluated and a judgement reached which inclines to pessimism. Food is also a symbol, evoking other basic human needs and desires, especially sex, and performing social and cultural roles which can be either integrative or divisive. The book explores food taboos in Greek, Roman, and Jewish society, and food-allocation within the family, as well as more familiar cultural and economic polarities which are highlighted by food and eating. The author draws on a wide range of evidence new and old, from written sources to human skeletal remains, and uses both comparative historical evidence from early modern and contemporary developing societies and the anthropological literature, to create a case-study of food in antiquity.

    • First comprehensive study of food and related issues at this level
    • Draws on a wide range of sources historical and anthropological and uses data from physical anthropology
    • Garnsey is author of our Famine and Food Supply in the Graeco-Roman World (CUP) and Cities, Peasants and Food in Classical Antiquity (CUP)
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    '… this is a survey of generous range and wide reference, drawing its emphases from the trends of modern research … not only will this be an indispensable handbook for students; all ancient historians will learn from it.' Journal of Hellenic Studies

    '… it is intellectually challenging and the range is great: in short a delight.' Petits Propos Culinaires

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    • Date Published: April 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521645881
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations
    Preface
    Introduction: food, substance and symbol
    1. Diet
    2. Food and the economy
    3. Food crisis
    4. Malnutrition
    5. Otherness
    6. Forbidden foods
    7. Food and the family
    8. Haves and havenots
    9. You are with whom you eat
    Conclusion: choice and necessity
    Bibliographical essay
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Peter Garnsey, University of Cambridge

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