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The Routledge handbook of diet and nutrition in the Roman world

Author: Paul Erdkamp; Claire Holleran
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.
Series: Routledge handbooks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Routledge Handbook of Diet and Nutrition in the Roman World presents a comprehensive overview of the sources, issues and methodologies involved in the study of the Roman diet. The focus of the book is on the Mediterranean heartland from the second century BC to the third and fourth centuries AD. Life is impossible without food, but what people eat is not determined by biology alone, and this makes it a vital  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Erdkamp; Claire Holleran
ISBN: 9780815364344 0815364342
OCLC Number: 1054260855
Description: xvii, 362 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: Textual evidence : Roman reflections of realities / Kim Beerden --
Visual evidence / Shana O'Connell --
Material evidence on diet, cooking and techniques / L.M. Banducci --
Investigating Roman diet through archaeobotanical evidence / Alexandra Livarda --
The contribution of zooarchaeology / Paul Halstead --
The bioarchaeology of Roman diet / Chryssi Bourbou --
Roman meals in their domestic and wider settings / John Donahue --
Cereals and bread / F.B.J. Heinrich --
Pulses / A.M. Hansen and F.B.J. Heinrich --
Olives and olive oil / Erica Rowan --
Wine and other beverages / Wim Broekaert --
Meat and other animal products / Michael MacKinnon --
Fish and seafood / Annalisa Marzano --
Women, children and food / Christian Laes --
Central and northern Europe / Tünde Kaszab-Olschewski --
Jews in Palestine / David Kraemer --
Egypt / Willy Clarysse --
The impact of Christianity on diet, health, and nutrition in late antiquity / Emmanuelle Raga --
Using skeletal remains as a proxy for Roman lifestyles : the potential and problems with osteological reconstructions of health, diet, and stature in Imperial Rome / Kristina Killgrove --
Comparative perspectives on nutrition and social inequality in the Roman world / Geoffrey Kron --
Skeletons in the cupboard : femurs and food regimes in the Roman world / Miko Flohr --
Market regulation and intervention in the urban food supply / Claire Holleran --
Famine and hunger in the Roman world / Paul Erdkamp.
Series Title: Routledge handbooks.
Other Titles: Handbook of diet and nutrition in the Roman world
Responsibility: edited by Paul Erdkamp and Claire Holleran.

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"The Routledge Handbook of Diet and Nutrition in the Roman World presents a comprehensive overview of the sources, issues and methodologies involved in the study of the Roman diet. The focus of the book is on the Mediterranean heartland from the second century BC to the third and fourth centuries AD. Life is impossible without food, but what people eat is not determined by biology alone, and this makes it a vital subject of social and historical study. The Handbook takes a multi-disciplinary approach in which all kinds of sources and disciplines are combined to study diet and nutrition of men, women and children in city and countryside in the Roman world. The 23 chapters in this book are structured in five parts. The first section introduces the reader to the wide range of textual, material and bioarchaeological evidence concerning food and nutrition. Section II offers an overview of various kinds of food and drink, including cereals, pulse, olive oil, meat and fish and the social setting of their consumption. Section III goes beyond the perspective of the Roman adult male by concentrating on women and children, on the cultures of Roman Egypt and Central Europe, as well as the Jews in Palestine and the impact of Christianity. Section IV provides a forum to three scholars to offer their thoughts on what physical anthropology contributes to our understanding of health, diet and (mal)nutrition. The final section puts food supply and its failure in the context of community and empire"--

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