A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity (The Cultural Histories Series)

A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity (The Cultural Histories Series)

By: Paul Erdkamp (editor)Paperback

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From Archaic Greece until the Late Roman Empire (c. 800 BCE to c. 500 CE), food was more than a physical necessity; it was a critical factor in politics, economics and culture. On the one hand, the Mediterranean landscape and climate encouraged particular crops - notably cereals, vines and olives - but, with the risks of crop failure ever-present, control of food resources was vital to economic and political power. On the other hand, diet and dining reflected complex social hierarchies and relationships. What was eaten, with whom and when was a fundamental part of the expression of one's role and place in society. In addition, symbolism and ritual suffused foodstuffs, their preparation and consumption. A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity presents an overview of the period with essays on food production, food systems, food security, safety and crises, food and politics, eating out, professional cooking, kitchens and service work, family and domesticity, body and soul, representations of food, and developments in food production and consumption globally.

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Paul Erdkamp is Professor of Ancient History at the Flemish Free University of Brussels, Belgium. He is author of Hunger and the Sword; Warfare and Food Supply in Roman Republican Wars; and The Grain Market in the Roman Empire; and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome (2013).

Contents

Series Preface Introduction: Food and Commensality in the Ancient Near East Paul Erdkamp, Flemish Free University of Brussels, Belgium 1 Food Production Paul Halstead, University of Sheffield, UK 2 Food Systems in Classical Antiquity Wim Broekaert, and Arjan Zuiderhoek, Ghent University, Belgium 3 Food Security, Safety, and Crises Paul Erdkamp, Flemish Free University of Brussels, Belgium 4 Food and Politics in Classical Antiquity Wim Broekaert, and Arjan Zuiderhoek, Ghent University, Belgium 5 Eating and Drinking Out Steven J. R. Ellis, University of Cincinnati, USA 6 Professional Cooking, Kitchens, and Service Work Robert I. Curtis, Department of Classics, University of Georgia, USA 7 Family and Domesticity Konrad Vossing, Rheinische Friedrich- Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn,Germany 8 Body and Soul Robin Nadeau, University of Exeter, UK 9 Food Representations Hugh Lindsay, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia 10 World Developments Fabio Parasecoli, The New School, NYC, USA Notes Bibliography Notes on Contributors Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 19/11/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781474269902
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9781474269902
  • weight: 527
  • ISBN10: 1474269907

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