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Sunday, July 2, 2017

048 - Food, Wine, and the Symposium



In this episode, we discuss how, when, and where different subgroups of ancient Greeks consumed food each day; what particular foods were part of each's diet; some famous early cookbook authors; viticulture and the economic, religious, and medicinal role of winethe festival of Anthesteria in the month of Anthesterion (late February/early March), which celebrated the beginning of spring and marked the ceremonious opening of the wine jars from the previous autumn's harvestand the symposium (drinking-party), an aristocratic social event which included philosophical/light-hearted discussions, musical performances, song-singing, storytelling, flirting, and competitions (such as kottabos, aka ancient wine pong)


Primary Sources:
Text/Athenaeus' Deipnosophistae ("Scholars at the Dinner Table")








Supplementary Resources (Videos, Photos, Other Podcasts)

Photo/Terracotta Model of a Lion's Paw Tripod Table

File:Terracotta table Louvre Ly1607.jpg



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