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Sewers, Archaeobotany, and Diet at Pompeii and Herculaneum

Erica Rowan

in The Economy of Pompeii

Published in print December 2016 | ISBN: 9780198786573
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191828898 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786573.003.0005

Series: Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy

Sewers, Archaeobotany, and Diet at Pompeii and Herculaneum

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This chapter by Erica Rowan discusses food consumption and diet in both Pompeii and Herculaneum. It starts from the archaeobotanical remains found in the sewer underneath Cardo V at Herculaneum, highlighting the varied and cosmopolitan diet of the people living in the relatively small apartments above the sewer. This picture is then compared to the archaeobotanical evidence from Pompeii and discussed in the wider context of the regional food economy. Introducing a chronological dimension, the author argues that the varied and cosmopolitan diet in both Pompeii and Herculaneum appears to have been a development of the last centuries BC—earlier, the diet appears to have been much more locally oriented.

Keywords: food; Herculaneum; Pompeii; diet; archaeobotanical evidence; food economy

Chapter.  10192 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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