- From Republic to Empire
- Making Romans in the Family
- Primary Education
- Rhetorical Education
- Philosophy as Socio-political Upbringing
- Law and Social Formation in the Roman Empire
- Literature and Communication
- Epigraphy and Communication
- Communicating with Tablets and Papyri
- Coins and Communication
- Elite Self-Representation in Rome
- Public Speaking in Rome: A Question of Auctoritas
- The Second Sophistic
- Roman Society in the Courtroom
- Public Entertainments
- Socializing at the Baths
- Roman Honor
- Friendship among the Romans
- Hospitality among the Romans
- Roman Dining
- Violence in Roman Social Relations
- Organized Societies: Collegia
- The Roman Army
- Graeco-Roman Cultic Societies
- Ancient Jewish Social Relations
- Christian Society
- Slaves in Roman Society
- Women in Roman Society
- Children in the Roman Family and Beyond
- Roman Prostitutes and Marginalization
- Between Marginality and Celebrity: Entertainers and Entertainments in Roman Society
- Magicians and Astrologers
- The Roman Bandit (Latro) as Criminal and Outsider
- Physically Deformed and Disabled People
Abstract and Keywords
This article describes the dining customs and practices of the Romans. It begins with a discussion of the history of Roman dining practices and looks at the architecture and placement of the dining room. Social dining, the presence of women in social banquets, the preparation rituals, and the dining apparatus used are also studied. It shows that social dining can involve entertainers and other forms of frivolities, and public banquets were held by a benefactor for a large group of people. The article also takes a look at the ideals and ethics involved in the convivium. Other types of social dining events are described.
Katherine M. D. Dunbabin, McMaster University.
William J. Slater, McMaster University.
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