Four Aspects of Having a Nosh with Caesar and Caligula

Everyone’s heard about the elaborate bath houses and alleged vomitoriums, the powerful emperors and the battles of bravery in the Coliseum in Ancient Rome. But what about the main social and networking event of the day — the dinner parties? Was there really braised flamingo tongue on the menu, as gourmand Marcus Gavius Apicius wrote in his cookbook in 900 BCE, or were simple wheat bread, olive oil, and canned sardines the staples of the day?

The Romans took cues on dinner arrangements, manners and ingredients from all over the world, but they always maintained their own unique perspective on…

Blair Mastbaum

Writer/enthusiast/misanthrope currently stationed in Andalusia, focusing on culture, language, travel and change.

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