Roman Passions: A History Of Pleasure In Imperial Rome

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Lizzy Davis Latin 1 May 7 2014 Roman Food In class, children are taught about the ancient Romans because of their highly stratified social classes and intellectual philosophers and early democratic government, but they generally aren't interested in the old dead guys and laws that may or may not still apply to their daily lives. What interests them most is the promise of a dress up and food day at the end. Food interests most people, since no body likes to eat food that tastes bad. What may surprise people is that, while food is still a big part of life, the roman's social standings may have depended on the elaborate spread of food at their parties (Laurence). In Roman Passions: A History of Pleasure in Imperial Rome, the author argues that social standing may have even depended on the numbers of elaborate parties and food presented at the the parties. Some of these parties would include many elaborate dishes, such as flamingo tongue or roasted peacock. Breakfast would have been eaten early and would have probably only be a simple breaking of the night time fast with bread and f...

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