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This collection of outstanding essays gives an in-depth look at the role of meals in creating a sense of family and community in the Mediterranean world in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
By looking at the dining habits of Greeks and Romans, Jews and Christians, Essenes and Therapeutes, an international cadre of scholars provides insight into how social mores and etiquette were passed on to children, how family life increased in importance for Christians, the conflict in styles when Greeks and Romans met, and how meals attained and sustained religious significance.
Other topics include funerary banquets; the etiquette of a formal dinner; the position of women at meals; royal feasts; the development of the Eucharist as a separate ritual; the architecture of the Greek andron and the Roman triclinium, early synagogues and temples; the diets of each culture.
A separate chapter discusses the provision of food for the hungry and the public ownership of the sea, salt and fish.
Table of contentsAbbreviations
Introduction, Inge Nielsen and Hanne Sigismund Nielsen
Salt, Fish, and the Sea in the Roman Empire, Peter Ørsted
The Roman Family at Dinner, Keith Bradley
Roman Children at Mealtimes, Hanne Sigismund Nielsen
Eating with the Dead: the Roman Funerary Banquet, Hugh Lindsay
Ut Graeco More Biberetur: Greeks and Romans on the Dining Couch, Katherine Dunbabin
Royal Banquets: the Development of Royal Banquets and Banqueting Halls from Alexander to the Tetrarchs, Inge Nielsen
The Sixth Hour is the Mealtime for Scholars: Jewish Meals in the Roman world, David Noy
The Common Meal in the Qumran-Essene Communities, Per Bilde
Sacred Meal and Social Meeting: Paul's Argument in 1 Cor. 11.17-34, Geert Hallbäck
Regulating Fellowship in the Communal Meal: Early Jewish and Christian Evidence, L. Michael White
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