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Food and Society in Classical Antiquity (Key Themes in Ancient History) Hardcover – May 13, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0521641821 ISBN-10: 0521641829 Edition: y First edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Key Themes in Ancient History
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; y First edition edition (May 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521641829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521641821
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,676,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...this reviewer found the book most valuable, especially in its findings on (mal)nutrition. Its engaging and honest style, moderate price in paperback, and brevity make it a sensible choice for undergraduate courses on classical antiquity, and its bold position on the nutritional status of most individuals in antiquity has made an important contribution to a vital scholarly debate." The Historian

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This is a general study of food in antiquity, broadly based and comprehensive. The book deals with food as food or nutrition, the discussion revolving around the concrete issues of food availability and the nutritional status of the population. It also treats the non-food uses of food, focusing on the role of food in forming and marking the social hierarchy. Food defines the group, whether social, religious, philosophical or political.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Michael A. Rinella on September 1, 2008
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This is a handy little reference. If there's a shortcoming, it's that the short length of the volume will leave you hungry for more.
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