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    DescriptionA world-wide survey of the eating and drinking habits of early peoples, Don and Patricia Brothwell's Food in Antiquity covers a broad geographical range, from the early populations of Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Americas to the more familiar Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek, and Roman worlds. From meat, insects, vegetables, and fruits to cooking oils and beverages, each source of sustenance is described in terms of who consumed it, how it was prepared, and how it spread from its region of origin. The Brothwells' treatment is engaging and the information they provide fascinating. We learn, for example, that the vinegar carried by Roman foot soldiers on long marches was mixed with water to serve as a refreshing drink and that fungi provided a reliable source of diet for peoples from Europe, Australia, Japan, and China. The authors consider such questions as whether St. John ate carob or actual locusts in his desert hermitage and whether ancient farmers may have rid their crops of troublesome pests by capturing and eating them. They discuss cannibalism, food taboos, and the radical changes that took place with the introduction of the domestication of animals. The story they unfold is a compelling one that sheds much light on the intricate detective work, the problems and rewards, of biological research in archeology.

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    Food in Antiquity
    A Survey of the Diet of Early Peoples
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) D.R. Brothwell, By (author) Patricia Brothwell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 212 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801857409
    ISBN 10: 0801857406

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.4
    BIC E4L: FOO
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    BIC subject category V2: WB
    Ingram Subject Code: CW
    Libri: I-CW
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25530
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDA
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC subject category V2: VFMD, HD
    DC22: 394.12
    BISAC V2.8: CKB041000, SOC005000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A14530000, A14202000
    DC22: 394.1/2
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDA
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    LC classification: GT2860 .B7 1998
    DC21: 613.2093
    LC classification: GT2860.B7
    Thema V1.0: WB, NK, VFMD
    Edition statement
    EXPANDED ed.
    Illustrations note
    254 b&w illus.
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    22 January 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Don R. Brothwell is an archeologist and author of The Bog Man and the Archeology of People. He teaches at the University of York. Patricia Brothwell is a writer and researcher.
    Review quote
    Excellently written, arranged and signposted... The authors are to be congratulated on having included so much in so small a space. Classical Review [This] cannot have been an easy book to write, and it is hardly surprising that there is no other quite like it: the collection and organization of material, the drawing together of evidence disparate in content and origin, the reduction of complex data to brief and intelligible statements, must all have been daunting tasks and one can only admire the authors' courage in attempting them and their skill in producing something which is, in spite of it all, both interesting and useful. Journal of Roman Studies Very readable... This revised edition will be a useful addition to any Near Eastern bookshelf. -- Rachel S. Hallote Journal of Near Eastern Studies 2003