Roman Meals in their Domestic and Wider Settings

Authored by: John Donahue

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
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A popular method of ancient education called for children to memorize various commands in order to improve their Latin and Greek. In the following excerpt we find a child practicing for the role of the head of a household, a position that he would one day be expected to fill:

Bring the cups and a dish, a candelabrum, decorate the table, sprinkle flowers in the dining room, set out charcoal and the incense burners, have everything prepared. Tell your fellow slave to make the food tasty, as I have important men as guests.

(Dionisotti, 1982, in Osgood, 2011, 75–76)

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