This session was a fun romp exploring the interesting and less known aspects of the production, types of foods/drink, how meals were prepared, served and eaten including "street food" via grills, plus Roman manners at upper class banquets (and guests were even given a doggy bag [apophoreta]-- who knew), Learned about such Roman delicacies (ugh) of dormouse, flamingo tongue, peacock brains, special sauces, Yes, a lot of wine ingested even if watered down (and she described the remedies for drunkenness). All so fascinating to me! Loved this session.
I am really enjoying it, very informative and interesting
Throughout Livia's 2nd session in this series on daily Roman Life, I was enlightened by how many residents, rich or poor, were presented with opportunities to participate in grand forms of entertainment! Some were gruesome, indeed! Background information about the structures (various types of arenas) was fascinating -- these were such architectural feats at that time and they provided the prototype of our entertainment/sport venues now. I loved the diagrams of how arenas appeared and operated in ancient times. Use of aerial views with the outline of the structures (circuses, arenas) superimposed on current cityscapes clearly showed remnants of past structures. The lecturer had colorful, informative slides to enhance her dialogue. This session had so much interesting information -- I could have watched again to grasp it more. Maintained my interest throughout!
Livia provided great insights into the daily lives of the ancient Romans and I really enjoyed how she structured the four conversations. Very informative!
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