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Fleming brings to life the conviviums (banquets of the weathy), neighborhood taverns and drunken debaucheries of ancient Rome. -- Philadelphia Inquirer, December 12, 2001

About the Author

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 music—particularly Dvorak and Larssen—and learning about technical aspects of European painting. And, despite the flavorsome topic of VINUM, his enduring hobby is the brewing of Belgian-style beers.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Art Flair (October 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971274207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971274204
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alan S. Walker on July 2, 2003
Vinum is is an attractive and very informative little book that tells us virtually everything we might want to know about the role wine played in the Roman world. How were the vines that produced it grown? Who made it and where? How was it harvested and prepared? How was it stored and shipped? How was it kept? Who drank it and what different qualities were available? What were Roman taverns like? Were Roman parties sometimes as wild as we think they were? What did the Romans think about wine? All of these questions, and more, are answered in a very readable text embellished with numerous colorful drawings, charts, photographs and maps. In fact, many of the areas of Europe where great wines are produced today also produced wines under the Romans, and even now not only are some of the grape varieties the same, but some of the growing methods are as well. Anyone who really likes wine ought to very much enjoy having this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nicolle Hirschfeld, PhD on August 26, 2002
A sumptuous introduction to wine production, distribution, and consumption in the world of ancient Rome. VINUM is beautifully illustrated and produced, and it's an easy read. Would make a really nice present for anyone who enjoys drinking wine.
But it's not only pretty and polished. Also a really good introduction for the academic reader -- student or teacher. Fleming carefully and fully documents ancient and modern sources, and he provides the reader with an excellent survey of the state of knowledge. The references point the way to further research.
Especially recommended for wine connoisseurs, teachers of high school and undergraduate survey courses, and students in those courses.
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By J F Ridgley on March 9, 2014
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I thought I was reading the how to's of modern marketing. The Romans had an amazing process of making, storing and transporting wine. Loved it
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By Robert S Rizzolo on May 27, 2014
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I quite enjoyed the book. My only complaint is that it wasn't longer. It like a good wine after you've had only a sip.
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