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I was also confused by the use of the word "corn" in both this book and in books written about the Romans. But, according to the dictionary, the word "corn" dates from at least the 12th Century and derives from the Norse "korn" which means a cereal grain. The local staple crop was called corn, whether it was actually oats, barley, or wheat. The correct word for the Native American variety that we eat today is "maize." Robinson is a foremost authority on the Greeks. He probably chose to use the term corn either because the staple crop of the Greek world changed depending on location or because he was not sure exactly which grain it was. I bought this book used for 25 cents many years ago. It has fallen apart. It is such a classic that I want to read it again and need a new copy. It's only fault is that it is now dated.
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