STORIES OF AN ANCIENT CAUPONA
Based on a true story that still exists today in Pompeii.
A conspicuous production of fiction has created in the collective imagination a hypothetical convivial context in which the ancient Romans used to dine: lounging on tricliniar beds, served by throngs of seductive handmaids and entertained by lascivious dancers, they tasted exquisite dishes washed down with exquisite wines, without setting any limits to gluttony or depravity. But while the mythical dinners of Lucullus, echoed in the fantastic orgies of Trimalchio, should be regarded as exceptional displays of opulence, for the common inhabitants of the empire, quenching the pangs of hunger was always a sad daily task, and one that was often disappointed, in the cities more than in the countryside. Where, how and what dining was for the vast majority of Romans in the daily routine of the first centuries of our era constitutes the compelling outline of the volume Pompeii: storia di una antica Caupona. Society, dwellings, taverns, food and recipes are therefore plumbed and sifted in its richly illustrated pages, evoking a reliable and detailed historical context, confirmed by the neighbouring excavations of Pompeii.
The book by Flavio Russo and Francesco di Martino, with the introduction by Maurizio De Giovanni, Skal Pompei, Coldiretti Campania and Città di Pompei, in a 22x22 cm format was published in April 2022 in Naples, in two separate editions, Italian and English. It consists of 176 pages with several hundred illustrations.
The book belongs to the category of ANCIENT ROMAN HISTORY BOOKS.
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