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    Food and Society in Classical Antiquity (Key Themes in Ancient History) (Hardback) By (author) Peter Garnsey, Series edited by P.A. Cartledge, Series edited by Peter Garnsey

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    DescriptionThis is the first study of food in classical antiquity that treats it as both a biological and a cultural phenomenon. The variables of food quantity, quality and availability, and the impact of disease, are evaluated and a judgement reached which inclines to pessimism. Food is also a symbol, evoking other basic human needs and desires, especially sex, and performing social and cultural roles which can be either integrative or divisive. The book explores food taboos in Greek, Roman, and Jewish society, and food-allocation within the family, as well as more familiar cultural and economic polarities which are highlighted by food and eating. The author draws on a wide range of evidence new and old, from written sources to human skeletal remains, and uses both comparative historical evidence from early modern and contemporary developing societies and the anthropological literature, to create a case-study of food in antiquity.

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    Food and Society in Classical Antiquity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Garnsey, Series edited by P.A. Cartledge, Series edited by Peter Garnsey
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521641821
    ISBN 10: 0521641829

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFC, HBLA, JHM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: WB
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14100
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC005000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A33800000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A14202000
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    DC22: 394.120937
    LC classification: GT2853.G8 G37 1999
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    DC21: 641.300938
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    DC22: 394.1/2/0937
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    Thema V1.0: NHB, WB, JHM, JBCC, NHC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    6 b/w illus.
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    Publication date
    28 May 2004
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    Review quote
    '... this is a survey of generous range and wide reference, drawing its emphases from the trends of modern research ... not only will this be an indispensable handbook for students; all ancient historians will learn from it.' Journal of Hellenic Studies '... it is intellectually challenging and the range is great: in short a delight.' Petits Propos Culinaires
    Table of contents
    List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Preface; Introduction: food, substance and symbol; 1. Diet; 2. Food and the economy; 3. Food crisis; 4. Malnutrition; 5. Otherness; 6. Forbidden foods; 7. Food and the family; 8. Haves and havenots; 9. You are with whom you eat; Conclusion: choice and necessity; Bibliographical essay; Bibliography; Index.