Women, Children and Food

Authored by: Christian Laes

The Routledge Handbook of Diet and Nutrition in the Roman World

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9780815364344
eBook ISBN: 9781351107334
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351107334-15

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Abstract

Asking about women, children and food in the Roman world means tackling an enormous research question. Indeed in most cultures, age and gender seem to have been key concepts to understand quite diverse issues concerning eating and drinking. Access to food (and consequently possible undernourishment, malnutrition or bad health) immediately comes to mind. Especially in the case of women and children such access often relates to ideas about upbringing and education, to religious and/or social taboos, to ethnicity, to social class, or to the urban or rural environment in which people lived. Indeed, food entitlement and deprivation are much more determined by sociocultural factors than by mere economic categories. 1

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