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2 10, 2017

Medieval African food – what did people eat?

By |2019-08-21T09:33:00-07:00October 2nd, 2017|Africa|1 Comment

Medieval African food: an olive orchard in Tunisia The Romans grow olive oil in North Africa The foods people ate in Africa didn't just stay the same. Instead, they changed slowly over time. Around 800 BC, with the arrival of Greek and Phoenician invaders, the people of North Africa began to plant olive orchards and produce olive oil. They ate a [...]

1 09, 2017

Roman food – rich and poor

By |2019-09-16T20:26:18-07:00September 1st, 2017|Romans|3 Comments

Roti bread made with millet Romans ate a lot of fish Although the first people who came to the Mediterranean were probably following along the coast, and ate mainly fish, shellfish, seaweed, and wild figs, by the time the Roman Republic got started, there were far too many people in the Mediterranean to be able to live entirely from [...]

1 09, 2017

Mediterranean Food in the Roman Empire

By |2018-04-19T22:46:14-07:00September 1st, 2017|Food, Romans|0 Comments

Woman baking bread Poor people who lived near the Mediterranean Sea had to eat food that would grow in very dry areas, with light and not very fertile soil. Mostly they ate what archaeologists call the "Mediterranean triad" or three things: wheat and barley (made into beer or porridge or flatbread or soup), olive oil (soaked into the bread, or on vegetables), [...]

24 08, 2017

What is Hanukkah? – Jewish holidays

By |2019-08-04T23:27:38-07:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Hanukkah history: a Canaanite amphora, for olive oil or wine (Bronze Age, about 1300 BC) A harvest festival Like all other farming communities, Jewish people celebrated harvest festivals when important crops were safely harvested and stored. One of these harvest festivals was Passover, in March or April, when the first of the spring barley was ripe. Another was Sukkot, in [...]

6 07, 2017

Ancient Greek food – History of Food – Ancient Greece

By |2019-09-14T06:38:45-07:00July 6th, 2017|Greeks|10 Comments

Ancient Greek food - Platter with fish (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Sacrifice and Greek food Food, for people in Ancient Greece, was what separated people from animals, and from the gods. Gods didn't need to eat, and people did. Animals ate their food raw, but people cooked their food and were civilized. The [...]

6 07, 2017

Greek economy in the classical period

By |2018-04-22T11:55:28-07:00July 6th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|0 Comments

Classical Greek economy: Sailors rowing trading ships (Athens ca. 550 BC) Greek mercenary soldiers The trends of the Archaic period in Greece continued into the Classical period, about 500-400 BC, with both trade and fighting big contributors to the classical Greek economy. Greek mercenary soldiers fought for the Egyptians, who were trying to [...]

22 06, 2017

Does eating fatty food make you fat?

By |2019-06-06T21:04:12-07:00June 22nd, 2017|Food|0 Comments

Fatty food: There are lots of different kinds of cheese. Why do we need to eat fat? Fats are foods which store energy in case you need it later. Everybody needs some fatty food or they will starve to death. What about carbohydrates? Do we need protein? What part of my body is [...]