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Food Security, Safety, and Crises

Paul Erdkamp

Paul Erdkamp is Professor of Ancient History at the Flemish Free University of Brussels, Belgium. He is author of Hunger and the Sword; Warfare and Food Supply in Roman Republican Wars; and The Grain Market in the Roman Empire; and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Cultural History Chapter

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... the workers on the estates of the rich. The same bad harvest that only causes a reduction of the surplus produced on large estates may cause shortages among small-scale farmers. Erdkamp 2005, 51–53....

Introduction: Food and Commensality in the Near East

Paul Erdkamp

Paul Erdkamp is Professor of Ancient History at the Flemish Free University of Brussels, Belgium. He is author of Hunger and the Sword; Warfare and Food Supply in Roman Republican Wars; and The Grain Market in the Roman Empire; and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Cultural History Chapter

3

... the meat of animals that were sacrificed to the gods. In his letter to the Christian community of Corinth, Paul warns them not to participate in the banquets at pagan temples (1 Cor. 8:10), where they would eat of the sacrificial meat: So then,...

Food Production

A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Cultural History Chapter

1

...This chapter gives an overview of what food was produced in classical antiquity as well as how it was produced—this doubtless varied over time, regionally, between town and country, and between rich and poor. Most previous syntheses have...

Professional Cooking, Kitchens, and Service Work

A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Cultural History Chapter

1

... skyphos, circa 470–460 b.c.e. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California. Unknown. Inventory number 86.AE.265. The mageiros himself might shop for food, as did the chef in Menander’s Dyskolos...

Food Systems

A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Cultural History Chapter

1

... see Erdkamp 2005. During the early Republic, before Rome could rely on extensive taxes in kind from the provinces, shortages were dealt with by sending envoys and ad hoc magistrates to friendly nations. In this way, Rome managed...

World Developments

A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Cultural History Chapter

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...The production, storage, distribution, and consumption of food have arguably been among humankind’s main concerns since its beginnings. Besides the preparation and organization of meals, various food-related features of human life were...

Eating Out

A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Cultural History Chapter

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...[Vitellius] was a man whose appetite was not only boundless, but also regardless of time or decency, and so he could never refrain, even when he was sacrificing or making a journey, from snatching bits of meat and cakes amid the altars...

Body and Soul

A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Cultural History Chapter

2

... Such situations became a topic of debate within Jewish and early Christian groups. Smith 2003a; Beer 2010; Rosenblum 2010; Erdkamp, forthcoming. According to Paul of Tarsus, early Christians of Jewish origin, like...

Food and Politics

A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Cultural History Chapter

2

... harmony—which, in practice, meant investing in the regulation of the food supply—but as individual landowners they might have a strong incentive for speculation. Erdkamp 2002; Erdkamp 2005, 308–9....

Family and Domesticity

A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Cultural History Chapter

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...The Archaic and Classical Greek World That the family home provides a marked-off and protected space where family members not only sleep but also eat is an anthropological constant. How important...