Roman Silverware and Dishes
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Roman Dishes

A lot of Roman food, soups and porridge, was eaten with spoons. These are made of bronze and bone, but some were made of wood.

roman spoons

Fancy rich people also used silver spoons, and forks like this bronze one (it's a myth that forks were not invented until much later, but Roman forks may have been mainly used for serving and cooking):

roman fork
(from St. Germain en Laye, France)

After the Phoenicians invented glass-blowing about 50 AD, a lot of people used glass cups, though poor people still used clay mugs. You can find out more about Roman pottery here.

romans glassware

For more about Roman dishes and silverware:

Ancient Roman Homes, by Brian Williams (2002). Easy reading.

A Roman Villa: Inside Story, by Jacqueline Morley (American edition 1992). For kids, with lots of pictures.

Ancient Rome (Eyewitness Books), by Simon James (2004). Also for kids, with lots of great photographs.

The Roman Banquet : Images of Conviviality, by Katherine Dunbabin (2004). By a specialist, for interested adults. What Roman dinner parties were like, and how they were different from Greek ones.

Around the Table of the Romans: Food and Feasting in Ancient Rome, by Patrick Faas (2002).

Roman Dining Rooms
Roman Kitchens
Roman Restaurants
Roman Food
Roman Houses
Roman Bedrooms


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