Markets and Messes

F. S. Naiden

in Smoke Signals for the Gods

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916405
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980277 | DOI:
Markets and Messes

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This chapter shows that sacrificial animals were not the only source of meat in ancient Greece, and that many meals combined sacrificial and other kinds of meat, and thus lessened the impact of animal sacrifice. In Athens, nonsacrificial meat came from the marketplace; in Sparta, it appeared in the common messes. Sacrificial meat was too scarce to feed the entire population of any large city, or even to feed all the members of subordinate groups such as Attic demes and religious societies.

Keywords: markets; messes; osteology

Chapter.  21031 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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