Food in the Ancient World by John Wilkins and Shaun Hill

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  • ISBN 10 0631235515
  • ISBN 13 9780631235514
  • Published Feb 03 2006
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 320
  • Language English
  • Edition 1
  • Publisher Wiley-Blackwell

Publishers Text

In Food in the Ancient World, a respected classicist and a practising world-class chef explore a millennium of eating and drinking.



  • Explores a millennium of food consumption, from c.750 BC to 200 AD.

  • Shows the pivotal role food had in a world where it was linked with morality and the social order.

  • Concerns people from all walks of life – impoverished citizens subsisting on cereals to the meat-eating elites.

  • Describes religious sacrifices, ancient dinner parties and drinking bouts, as well as exotic foods and recipes.

  • Considers the role of food in ancient literature from Homer to Juvenal and Petronius.


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