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A better half to meals within the historical World provides a entire evaluate of the cultural elements in relation to the construction, training, and intake of food and drinks in antiquity.

• offers an up to date evaluation of the research of nutrients within the old world
• Addresses all points of nutrients construction, distribution, training, and intake in the course of antiquity
• beneficial properties unique scholarship from probably the most influential North American and eu experts in Classical background, historic historical past, and archaeology
• Covers a large geographical variety from Britain to historic Asia, together with Egypt and Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, areas surrounding the Black Sea, and China
• Considers the relationships of foodstuff with regards to historic nutrition, food, philosophy, gender, category, faith, and extra

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There’s only a finger breadth left till dawn; or shall we wait to see again the lamps which escort us home to bed? ” Asclepiades, Anth. Pal. 50 = 16 Sens The poet here finds consolation not just in drink, but also in reworking a famous drinking‐song of the archaic Lesbian poet, Alcaeus (fr. 346 V); the song reminds us that others have gone before – the lovelorn drinker is never really alone (on this poem cf. Hunter, 2010, 284–8; Sens, 2011, 102–11). Epigram also inherited, notably from Attic comedy, scenes of preparations for festivity: There are four of us drinking, each has a girlfriend: one Chian jar is not sufficient for eight.

Supplies were running low, and with them what strength Menelaus and his comrades had left, but Eidothea, daughter of Proteus, the old man of the sea, took pity on them: She met me as I roamed by myself, apart from my companions. They spent their time wan­ dering around the island, fishing with bent hooks, for hunger gnawed at their stomachs. 367–9 This is one of the passages in which, as has long been recognized, the tale of Menelaus’ homeward voyage, his nostos, foreshadows that of Odysseus, but does so in a lower, less heroic key.

As with early elegy, the symposium is the imagined setting for Food in Greek Literature 29 literally hundreds of Hellenistic epigrams, and the eternal themes of wine, women (and boys), and song remain important: “Drink, Asclepiades: Why these tears? What’s wrong? You’re not the only one cruel Cypris has captured, nor are you the only one against whom bitter Love has directed his bow and arrows – why become ash while you’re alive? Let us drink the strong draught of Bacchus. There’s only a finger breadth left till dawn; or shall we wait to see again the lamps which escort us home to bed?

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