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Feeding the Empire: Tales of Food from Rome and Pompei
ROME, ITALY  •  Ara Pacis  •  2 July - 15 November 2015
 

What and how did the ancient Romans eat? How did they carry hundreds of tons of provisions from the world’s most remote corners? How could they transport them from the Tiber river to the heart of the city? And how could they store them throughout the year? The answer lies in an exhibition of rare archaeological artifacts entitled Nutrire l’Impero. Storie di alimentazione da Roma a Pompei currently on view at the Museo dell'Ara Pacis in Rome.

After the Pax Romana, the globalisation of consumer goods took off throughout the Mediterranean basin due to the “delocalisation of production” of raw materials. During the Imperial era the Romans drank wine made in Gallia, Crete and Cyprus. Wealthy Romans drank the expensive wines from Campania; they used oil shipped by sea from Andalusia; they loved greek honey and especially the garum, a sauce imported from Africa, the eastern mediterranean, Portugal, and also from nearby Pompei. Romans especially loved their bread made with grain transported on big boats form Africa and Egypt.

In addition to food supply and its transport the exhibition attempts to convey the “massive distribution” and food consumption among the different social classes in two symobolic places: Rome, the largest and most overcrowded ancient town, and the Vesuvius area, with particular attention to Pompei, Ercolanum and Oplontis.



Museo dell'Ara Pacis Website


Contact: Museo dell'Ara Pacis
Lungotevere in Augusta
(angolo via Tomacelli)
00186 Roma
Italy
e-mail: info.arapacis@comune.roma.it
Tel: (39) 06 06 08



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