By John M. Wilkins, Shaun Hill

Publish yr note: First released February third 2006

In Food within the historic World, a revered classicist and a training world-class chef discover a millennium of consuming and drinking.

• Explores a millennium of meals intake, from c.750 BC to two hundred AD.
• indicates the pivotal position meals had in an international the place it used to be associated with morality and the social order.
• matters humans from all walks of lifestyles – impoverished voters subsisting on cereals to the meat-eating elites.
• Describes spiritual sacrifices, historical dinner events and consuming bouts, in addition to unique meals and recipes.
• Considers the position of foodstuff in old literature from Homer to Juvenal and Petronius.

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