Roman Meals

Date of Award

Fall 1947

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Foreign Languages and Literatures


This paper grew out of some sad experiences of a Latin club in connection with the sponsoring of a Roman meal. The accounts furnished by the committee charged with the task of gathering the necessary information were so inconsistent that it was difficult to arrive at the conclusion as to the character of Roman meals. Much has been written about the fare of the Romans, but each of the various modern historians presents the matter in a somewhat different light, presumably, according to his sympathy or antipathy towards the Romans: or each is concerned with only a particular period of Roman history or with a particular meal. The writer of this paper undertook the task of assembling into one whole the data from all possible sources, primary and secondary, and to present in a clear, unbiased treatise just what the Roman meals were in the different periods of Roman history and how the transition came about.



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