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date: 26 June 2019

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This chapter examines meat-eating and gastronomy in ancient times. It explains that the symbolic significance of meat-eating is particularly noticeable in the world of epic and it was considered as a marker of status in Homeric poems. It discusses archaeological evidence that the close connection between sacrifice and feasting in epic poems reflects practices in the Iron Age or even earlier. This chapter also mentions meat-eating served as a focal point for anxieties about impious or anti-social behaviour. It also discusses the Roman elite’s reputation for fine dining, which was then considered as morally bankrupt and an abdication of civic responsibilities.

Keywords: meat-eating, gastronomy, ancient times, marker of status, sacrifice, feasting, Iron Age, anti-social behaviour, fine dining, civic responsibilities

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