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Dinner With Demosthenes

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Sarah Jane Evans examines the eating habits of the Ancient Greeks.

As a student of Classics I was always aware that the Greeks drank (viz. the references to the 'wine-dark sea'), but it never really occurred to me that they ate. There was ambrosia, of course, and honey from Hymettus, and presumably grapes (produced along with wine). Although that might satisfy the gods, it was hardly enough to keep mortal body and soul together. But my studies were more concerned with the fact that there were feasts than with what was eaten there.


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