Fleming brings to life the conviviums (banquets of the weathy), neighborhood taverns and drunken debaucheries of ancient Rome. -- Philadelphia Inquirer, December 12, 2001
Stuart Fleming is currently Scientific Director at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. He is the author of five previous books, including Authenticity in Art (1975), The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science (1981), and Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change (1999). It was the dynamic story underlying the last of these that inspired him to tackle the sometimes,confusing, but always fascinating topic of wine's cultural importance in the Roman World.
Personal intersts tend to be outside archaeology, however. He takes constant pleasure from classical musicparticularly Dvorak and Larssenand learning about technical aspects of European painting. And, despite the flavorsome topic of VINUM, his enduring hobby is the brewing of Belgian-style beers.See all Editorial Reviews