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- DescriptionThis is the first study of food in classical antiquity that treats it as both a biological and a cultural phemen. 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 ecomic 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.
- Author(s)Peter Garnsey
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication22/04/1999
- SubjectAncient History
- Series TitleKey Themes in Ancient History
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note6 b/w illus.
- Weight290 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Series Edited byP.A. Cartledge,Peter Garnsey
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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