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SALAD FOR CAESARS: FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN ANCIENT ROME 

 

By Culturekiosque Staff

ROME, 5 AUGUST 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 (Feeding the Empire: Tales of Food from Rome and Pompei) currently on view (until 15 November 2015) 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, Feeding the Empire attempts to convey the "massive distribution" and food consumption among the different social classes in two iconic places: Rome, the largest and most overcrowded ancient town, and the Vesuvius region, with particular attention to Pompei, Ercolanum and Oplontis.

Feeding the Empire: Tales of Food from Rome and Pompei
Through 15 November 2015

Museo dell'Ara Pacis
Lungotevere in Augusta
(angolo via Tomacelli)
00186 Roma
Italy

Tel: (39) 06 06 08
http://www.arapacis.it/

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