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The Economy of Pompeii$
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Miko Flohr and Andrew Wilson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786573.001.0001

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Sewers, Archaeobotany, and Diet at Pompeii and Herculaneum

Sewers, Archaeobotany, and Diet at Pompeii and Herculaneum

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The Economy of Pompeii

Erica Rowan

Oxford University Press

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

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