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Medieval African food – what did people eat?

By | 2017-10-02T23:21:02+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Africa, Food|

Olive orchard in Tunisia 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 lot of olives and olive oil, even though they also shipped a [...]

Roman food – rich and poor

By | 2017-10-13T15:30:35+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Food, Romans|

Roti bread made with millet 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 the ocean, and although people kept [...]

Mediterranean Food in the Roman Empire

By | 2017-09-01T16:17:16+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Food, Romans|

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), [...]

What is Hanukkah? – Jewish holidays

By | 2017-08-24T00:17:17+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Canaanite amphora, for olive oil or wine (Bronze Age, about 1300 BC) 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 October, celebrating the fruit harvest. Hanukkah, [...]

Greek economy in the classical period

By | 2017-07-06T00:09:19+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|

Sailors rowing trading ships (Athens ca. 550 BC) 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 economy of Greece. Greek mercenary soldiers fought for the Egyptians, who were trying to get free of the Persians, and [...]