CLARCH 382 - Food in the Ancient World: Subsistence and Symbol
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Classical Archaeology (CLARCH)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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The course deals with the production, processing and consumption of food in the ancient Mediterranean world. Food is considered in its widest significance, as both biological and cultural phenomenon. The course begins exploring various sources of evidence, including direct archaeological evidence of food remains and preparation, analysis of stomach content in mummies and other well-preserved bodies, chemical analysis in pottery and human skeletons, relevant Latin and Greek texts and artistic representations. The role of food in relation to socio-cultural and economic developments is discussed by quickly surveying food procurement by hunter-gatherers, the introduction of cooking and the shift to food production in the Neolithic, and, finally, food redistribution in complex societies. The Greek and Roman world are the core of the course, exploring foodways across social, religious, economic contexts.

Course Requirements:

3 online exams, 1project, 1 final essay

Intended Audience:

No prior knowledge of the subject required.

Class Format:

Meets twice per week.


CLARCH 382 - Food in the Ancient World: Subsistence and Symbol
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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