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Classical Food and Literature from Archaic Greece to the Early Roman Empire


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This chapter will consider the themes of hospitality, conviviality and the impact of unsociability which recur as tropes throughout key ancient texts, from Greek Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey through to Roman Virgil’s Aeneid, and on to Petronius’s Satyricon, a range of over nine centuries (from 800 BCE to 200 CE). While it is common today to consider any text from the ancient world as ‘literature’ so rare and treasured are they as artefacts, the focus herein will be upon those written in what have become considered conventional literary modes. Falling within this range come writers of epics, drama (both comedies and tragedies) and a wide range of poets and satirists, including Hesiod, Plato, Aristophanes, Ovid, Catullus and Athenaeus, but excluding non-fiction writers, historians and politicians such as Julius Caesar, Cicero and Tacitus, as a matter of necessity, in containing the time frame and range of sources. This chapter will first consider Greek literature and its discussion, and key representations, of food, and then proceed to consider food in Roman literature. Key themes of hospitality or commensality and contrasting extremes of inhospitality will become evident, alongside the elements of conviviality, which derive from ritual or worship, in these texts.

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Additional Information: Lorna Piatti-Farnell <> Reply| Tue 12/09/2017 12:26 To: Lorna Piatti-Farnell <> Cc: research Dear Contributors, we hope this message finds you well. We are delighted to let you know that The Companion to Literature and Food is now in production with Routledge. We will be in touch again as soon as we have further news. Donna and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued commitment to the project. We look forward to working with you over the copyediting stage in the next few months. Best wishes, Lorna (for Lorna and Donna Lee Brien) ------------------- Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell A/Professor of Popular Media and Culture Director | Popular Culture Research Centre DCT Faculty Representative | AUT Ethics Committee (AUTEC) Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Phone: +64 (0)9 921 9999 ext. 6831 -------------------
Uncontrolled Keywords: Greek, Roman, literature, food themes
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Schools > School of Media Arts
Depositing User: Gail Pittaway
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2018 00:30
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 06:34

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