By David L Thurmond

Rome was once capable of aid an incredible city inhabitants by way of offering it with the rudiments of human nutrients within the type of processed meals. This quantity includes a cautious research of these nutrition techniques. The paintings is prepared at the foundation of the presumed value of these meals, starting with the so-called Mediterranean Triad of cereals (particularly wheaten bread), olive oil and wine, then facing plant items equivalent to legumes, greens and culmination, then animal items, and finishing with the condiments (salts, sugars, acids, spices) that have been themselves the brokers for the protection of different meals. The paintings combines research of literary and archaeological facts from antiquity with that of conventional comparative practices and glossy meals technology.

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Pasqui, “La Villa Pompeiana della Pisanella presso Boscoreale,” Monumenti Antichi 7 (1897): 397ff. Cf. 5. 61. 298–99. Complete testimonia for the instuments is found in K. D. White, Agricultural Implements of the Roman World (Cambridge: Cambridge U. Press, 1967): 152–56 and Figs. 114–17. 21 22 cereals 23 Roman flail, unlike its later permutation which survives in some areas to this day, was not hinged to allow the thresher to strike the grain from a nearly upright position such that the lower portion strikes the grain along its whole length.

4. 14. 66 cereals 39 Fig. 7. The mola trusatilis, the so-called hopper-rubber, as reconstructed from a Greek vase. Above are the stones which give these mills their name, showing the hoppers on the upper sides and various patterns of grooving to facilitate grain fracture and movement of grist to the perimeter of the stone. (From Storck and Teague (1952): Fig. 37: Courtesy of University of Minnesota Press). 40 chapter one mill,70 though Frankel71 thinks it more likely that Cato’s ‘push mill’ is in fact the saddle quern, given the absence of any Olynthian mills in Latium or Campania in the archaeological record, these being the areas where Cato farmed.

Above the millstones is a hopper for grain feed. Wikander88 now lists 56 archaeological sites for such mills which are reasonably securely identified, dating from antiquity up to 700 CE. At one time it was thought that such water mills were an oddity until late antiquity, but it is now evident that they were becoming widely diffused as early as the first century CE when Vitruvius described them, and by the time of Diocletian’s Price Edict (301 CE) the water mill was a standard technology along with the handmill and the donkey mill.

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