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A better half to nutrition within the historical World provides a finished evaluate of the cultural features with regards to the construction, practise, and intake of food and drinks in antiquity.

• offers an updated review of the research of meals within the old world
• Addresses all facets of nutrition creation, distribution, coaching, and intake in the course of antiquity
• good points unique scholarship from probably the most influential North American and eu experts in Classical heritage, old 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 old vitamin, foodstuff, philosophy, gender, type, faith, and extra

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As Bourdieu would put it, people like what they know. JW: I concede that class is crucial. Many of the choices are for bourgeois consumers. That does not make them bad. Health is also more closely linked with diet, in contrast with modern societies such as Britain where we expect the doctor to cure us with drugs from big pharmaceutical companies. Linking health with eating and exercise seems to be a strength that you find in Chinese medicine and Hippocratic and Galenic teaching. Healthy eating needs to be built into the idea of a food culture perhaps, and here the ancient world does excel.

Mice] tremble” (Callimachus Hymn to Demeter 107–10). The prayer with which the hymn ends shows the persis­ tence of the Hesiodic ideal throughout antiquity, as indeed we would expect in any pre‐industrial society: Hail, goddess, and preserve this city in concord and prosperity, make everything abundant in the fields: feed the cattle, bring fruits, bring crops, bring the harvest, support peace also, so he who sows may also reap. Callimachus, Hymn to Demeter 134–7 Eating was not always a laughing matter.

The manifestation of these ideas at the macro‐level is the flourishing of the land and the food supply in a justly governed state. The disguised Odysseus tells Penelope that she is like a just king, under whom the dark earth bears wheat and barley, trees are laden with fruit, flocks give birth without fail, the sea provides fish, and the people flourish because of his good rule. 111–4 So too for Hesiod, the presence of justice in a community is manifested in peace and the absence of famine: For them the earth bears abundant life, on the mountains the oak bears acorns and bees live in its center; thick‐fleeced sheep are weighed down by their wool, women bear children who resemble their parents, and the people flourish with good things continually.

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