Sensual yet pre-eminently functional, food is of intrinsic interest to us all. It was a necessity and pleasure in ancient times as well, although the ingredients used often varied from what would appeal to modern tastes.
In this informative and entertaining reference work, Andrew Dalby, explores an encyclopaedic range of foods (and drinks) known from the Greek and Roman worlds.
Entries range from a few lines to a couple of pages. They encompass individual foodstuffs such as catfish, gazelle, peaches and parsley, as well as utensils, ancient writers on food, and a vast array of other topics, drawn from classical literature, history and archaeology, along with examinations of modern scholarship.
Approachable, reliable and fun, this A-Z explains and clarifies a subject that crops up in numerous classical sources, from plays to histories and beyond. It also gives references to useful primary and secondary reading.
It will be an invaluable companion for students, academics and gastronomes alike.
'As well as giving pleasure, this book will provide an excellent start for a study of food in the ancient world.' - Minerva 'It can be read for pleasure just as much as instruction. The only problem is putting it down. ' - Times Higher Education Supplement 'For the professional scholar, this volumes helps to fill [a] gap. Dalby's introductory material ... is aimed at the intelligent, non-specialist reader ... both audiences will find this a useful book ... Indiviudal entries offer a wealth of fascinating and often surprising information ... this is a timely book.' - The Classical Review
Series: Classical A-Z's
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 426
Published: 18th June 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 1