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Food & Drink in the Ancient Mediterranean - Bibliography

Primary Sources

Apart from Athenaeus who at the turn of the second century AD anthologized a vast array of Classical and Hellenistic material to do with Food and Drink, there is no fundamental source, but there is good material in the following:

Sample Bibliography
  • Susan E. Alcock and Robin Osborne eds. Placing the Gods: Sanctuaries and Sacred Space in Ancient Greece (Oxford, 1994)
  • *Roland Barthes, `Lecture de Brillat-Savarin', introduction to Brillat-Savarin: Physiologie du goût, (Paris, 1975), translated in M.Blonsky ed. On Signs (Oxford, 1985)
  • *W.Burkert, Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth (Berkeley, 1983)
  • *Walter Burkert Greek Religion, (Oxford, 1985)
  • Dalby, A. Siren Feasts (London 1996)
  • *Davidson, J. Courtesans and Fishcakes (London 1997)
  • *M.Detienne and J-P.Vernant etc., The Cuisine of Sacrifice Among the Greeks (London, 1989)
  • P.Garnsey, Famine and Food Supply in the Greco-Roman World (1988)
  • idem, Food and Society in Classical Antiquity (1999)
  • Emily Gowers, The Loaded Table (Oxford,1993)
  • David Lewis, `The King's Dinner' in Heleen Sancisi-Weerdenburg and Amélie Kuhrt edd. Achaemenid History Workshop II The Greek Sources (Leiden, 1987)
  • François Lissarrague, The Aesthetics of the Greek Banquet (Princeton, 1990)
  • *Murray, O. Sympotica (Oxford 1990)
  • J.R.Sallares, The Ecology of the Ancient Greek World (London, 1992)
  • Schmitt Pantel, P. La cité au banquet (1990)
  • Slater, W. J. Dining in a Classical Context (Ann Arbor 1980)
  • Visser, M., The Rituals of Dinner: the origins, evolution, eccentricities and meaning of table manners (1991)
    J.Wilkins etc, edd., Food in Antiquity, (Exeter, 1995)
  • D Braund and J Wilkins (eds) Athenaeus and his World (Exeter, 2000)