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The Origins and Ancient History of Wine : Food and Nutrition in History and Antropology - Patrick E. McGovern

The Origins and Ancient History of Wine

Food and Nutrition in History and Antropology

By: Patrick E. McGovern (Editor), Stuart J. Fleming (Editor), Solomon H. Katz (Editor)

Paperback Published: 19th June 2004
ISBN: 9789056995522
Number Of Pages: 409

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This volume presents contemporary evidence scientific, archaeological, botanical, textual, and historical for major revisions in our understanding of winemaking in antiquity. Among the subjects covered are the domestication of the Vinifera grape, the wine trade, the iconography of ancient wine, and the analytical and archaeological challenges posed by ancient wines. The essayists argue that wine existed as long ago as 3500 BC, almost half a millennium earlier than experts believed.
Discover named these findings among the most important in 1991. Featuring the work of 23 internationally known scholars and writers, the book offers the first wide ranging treatment of wine in the early history of western Asia and the Mediterranean. Comprehensive and accessible while providing full documentation, it is sure to serve as a catalyst for future research.

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"It is impossible to begin to describe the riches of this book...a major contribution to wine literature...recommended without reservation to anyone with an interest in grapes and wine in the past." -Wine East

Series Editor's Prefacep. vii
Forewordp. ix
Introduction: The Making of a Unique Conference, Its Accomplishments, and an Agenda for the Futurep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
List of Contributorsp. xxiii
Ancient Sayings about Winep. 1
Grapes and Wine: Hypotheses and Scientific Evidence
Wine: The Food with Two Facesp. 9
The Domestication of the Grapevine Vitis Vinifera L. in the Near Eastp. 23
The Origin and Domestication of the Vinifera Grapep. 31
The Archaeological Evidence for Winemaking, Distribution, and Consumption at Proto-Historic Godin Tepe, Iranp. 45
The Analytical and Archaeological Challenge of Detecting Ancient Wine: Two Case Studies from the Ancient Near Eastp. 57
An Enologist's Commentary on Ancient Winesp. 67
The Analysis of Wine and Other Organics Inside Amphoras of the Roman Periodp. 79
The History and Archaeology of Wine: The Near East and Egypt
Fourth Millennium B.C. Trade in Greater Mesopotamia: Did It Include Wine?p. 89
Wine and the Vine in Ancient Mesopotamia: The Cuneiform Evidencep. 97
Searching for Wine in the Archaeological Record of Ancient Mesopotamia of the Third and Second Millennia B.C.p. 123
Viniculture and Ancient Anatoliap. 133
The Imagery of the Wine Bowl: Wine in Assyria in the Early First Millennium B.C.p. 175
The Earliest History of Wine and Its Importance in Ancient Egyptp. 197
Egyptian Wine Production During the New Kingdomp. 215
The History and Archaeology of Wine: The Mediterranean
"Canaanite Jars" and the Late Bronze Age Aegeo-Levantine Wine Tradep. 233
Palaeoethnobotanical Finds of Vitis from Greecep. 255
Wine and Viticulture in the Linear A and B Texts of the Bronze Age Aegeanp. 269
Empty Cups and Empty Jugs: The Social Role of Wine in Minoan and Mycenaean Societiesp. 287
The Beginnings of Grape Cultivation and Wine Production in Phoenician/Punic North Africap. 311
Wine Amphoras in Ancient Greek Tradep. 323
Bibliographyp. 339
Indexp. 403
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ISBN: 9789056995522
ISBN-10: 9056995529
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 409
Published: 19th June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 17.78  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.04
Edition Number: 1