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All members of the class will give a 15-20 minute report during the second week of block on their area of expertise after reading the appropriate secondary material. These reports should accomplish two things:

  1. inform the rest of the class about Roman dining practice in your area.
  2. propose specific suggestions for the class re-enactment.

Each group should present to the class a written summary/outline of the material they read and a written report on the suggestions for the Roman banquet. On each handout, please include the topic, names of presenters, and bibliography consulted.

Consult the bibliography for the complete reference. All oral reports benefit from some sort of audio-visual aid, whether it is an outline of your presentation, pictures, plans, drawings, or something else. Everyone from the group should be familiar with all the readings since some readings present different takes on the ancient evidence. Everyone in the group should contribute to and participate in the class presentation. Finally, reports should not be longer than 20 minutes so that there is ample time for questions and comments.

A table showing some common Roman foods

Food and the Roman body

  • Veronika Grimm, "On Food and the Body," in Potter, ed. A Companion to the Roman Empire. Blackwell 2009. 596-623.
  • Curtis, Robert I. "Professional Cooking, Kitchens, and Service Work." A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity. Ed Paul Erdkamp. London: Berg, 2012. 113-31.

Status and Roman Clothing

  • Barbara McManus, Roman Clothing I and II
  • Judith Sebesta and Larissa Bonfante. The World of Roman Costume. Wisconsin 1994.

Triclinium and the hierarchy of Roman space

  • Katherine Dunbabin, "Place Settings," in The Roman Banquet: Images of Conviviality. Cambridge 2003. 36-71

Otium and Dinner Theater

  • Fagan, Garrett. "Leisure." A Companion to the Roman Empire. Ed. D. S. Potter. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
  • Christopher P. Jones, "Dinner Theater," in Slater, ed. Dining in a Classical Context. Michigan 1991. 185-98.

Slaves at Roman Banquets

  • John H. D'Arms, "Slaves at Roman Convivia," in Slater, ed. Dining in a Classical Context. Michigan 1991. 171-83.
  • Dunbabin, Katherine. "The Waiting Servant in Later Roman Art." Roman Dining. Ed. Barbara Gold and John F. Donahue. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2005. 115-40.


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