Food in the ancient world

For my next serial instalment, I thought it would be interesting to look at the various foods and beverages that was consumed in ancient civilisations. What they ate at home, those who travelled on the sea and over land as my main character, Evan Chronis, does from the Servant of the Gods series.

Fresco paint, Pompeii Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Fresco paint, Pompeii
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

It was while researching for Book 1: Search for the Golden Serpent and for Book 2: The Labyrinthine Journey, that I needed information on what people ate and drank, so the reader could visualise and get a sense of what Evan encountered on his adventure. Some of his responses were, well, let’s say not a pleasant experience. He felt much of what he ate and drank did not measure up to his twenty-first century palate. In fact, the sixth century BCE doesn’t meet with Evan’s taste or standards, but what is he to do, he’s stuck there. When in Rome…

Image courtesy of Greek to Me!
Image courtesy of Greek to Me!

There are many great sites that discuss what ancient civilisations ate, drank and the cooking process. A number of them even have recipes. What I’d like to share with you is what Evan would have eaten and drunk on his quest from the lands of Phoenicia, Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. These are the localities he travels through while searching for the elusive relics of the Mother Goddess.

I hope you join me on this ancient culinary journey. I am excited to share with you the research into what became a feast for the eyes.

Thank you for your continued support and as always, I look forward to your comments and will respond.

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet. Subscribe and receive a free E-BOOK



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  1. Jacqui Murray

    This sounds fascinating. I know how much I had to research to find out how early man created tools from stones–only to find there are entire groups devoted to that art. It was a fun journey of exploration. That’s my complicated way of saying I bet you had fun researching this, too.

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