By James C. Wright
The large-scale, formal intake of massive amounts of foods and drinks is a characteristic of many societies, yet extracting proof for feasting from the archaeological list has, till lately, been complicated. Now new thoughts of clinical research are being mixed with larger theoretical sophistication to shed fascinating new mild in this conspicuous social perform. This selection of essays, additionally released as a unique factor (73:2) of the magazine Hesperia, investigates the wealthy proof for the nature of the Mycenaean ceremonial dinner. whereas a lot of the facts mentioned comes from the Palace of Nestor close to Pylos, the authors additionally current new fabric from Tsoungiza close to Nemea, and from different Bronze Age websites on mainland Greece and Crete. Textual facts (from Linear B drugs) for the gathering of uncooked fabrics, and the stocktaking of kit, is complemented by way of discussions of the faunal and artifactual assemblages feasts left at the back of. especially commissioned papers positioned Mycenaean perform in context through evaluating it to modern actions on Cyprus and in Minoan Crete, whereas a last bankruptcy compares Bronze with Iron Age Greece, specifically as noticeable throughout the lens of Homeric epic. whereas no longer claiming to be a complete survey of the perform of feasting, this quantity deals, still, a wealthy and particular choice of facts, from quite a few resources, for conspicuous intake within the Mycenaean interval. in addition to being center studying for Aegean prehistorians, it will likely be of curiosity to scholars of later Greek tradition, anthropologists, and different students attracted to the broader social points of consuming and ingesting.
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