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Fish-Eating in Greece from the Fifth Century B.C. to the Seventh Century A.D.

A story of impoverished fishermen or luxurious fish banquets?

Dimitra Mylona


This book is about fish and fish-eating in Greece from the Classical period to the Late Roman period (5th c. B.C.–7th c. A.D.). In Classics fish-eating appears to be one of the most prominent and ideologically charged activities related to food. This work is an investigation of the way in which fish and its consumption was incorporated in the economic, social and ideological life of Greeks. It is also an exercise in the integration of different classes of data in dealing with questions about ancient societies. Although the focus of this work is archaeological, it takes advantage of historical, philological, anthropological and ichthyological data and methodologies.