The Learned Banqueters: v. 1

The Learned Banqueters: v. 1

By (author) Athenaeus , Edited by S. Douglas Olson


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In "The Learned Banqueters", Athenaeus describes a series of dinner parties at which the guests quote extensively from Greek literature. The work (which dates to the very end of the 2nd century A.D.) is amusing reading and of extraordinary value as a treasury of quotations from works now lost. Athenaeus also preserves a wide range of information about different cuisines and foodstuffs; the music and entertainments that ornamented banquets; and the intellectual talk that was the heart of Greek conviviality. S. Douglas Olson has undertaken to produce a complete new edition of the work, replacing the previous seven-volume "Loeb Athenaeus" (published under the title, "Deipnosophists").

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 111.76 x 162.56 x 35.56mm | 317.51g
  • 31 Jan 2007
  • Cambridge, Mass
  • English, Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • 0674996208
  • 9780674996205
  • 442,939

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S. Douglas Olson is Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota.

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Essential for food historians. Excellent Value.--AKD"Petits Propos Culinaires" (12/01/2007)

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