Six Ancient Roman Recipes

Updated on February 28, 2018
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I always wanted to live in Ancient Rome, so I started by recreating these ancient recipes in my own kitchen

Here's a reconstructed Roman kitchen.
Here's a reconstructed Roman kitchen. | Source

There was a lot more to Ancient Roman food than exotic dishes served by slaves. Lavish feasts were commonplace among the rich, but ordinary people ate ordinary meals, not very different to what we eat today.

The Romans dined on roast pork in spicy sauces, snacked on cheese with dates and nuts, ate omelettes with mushrooms, and enjoyed desserts like cheesecake and figs in custard.

Apicius, a popular Roman chef, produced an ancient cookbook that can still be used today, allowing any of us to throw together a meal very much like what was eaten by Rome's ordinary people—the plebeians. If you're feeling adventurous in the kitchen, you can also reproduce the more exotic offerings that once graced the table of emperors.

Preparing an Ancient Roman Meal

You don't have to prepare and cook a giraffe or a flamingo to have an Ancient Roman meal. Here are some simple recipes that are almost authentic.

I've made all of these dishes in my kitchen and can vouch for their simplicity. Today we'll be looking at:

  • Main Entrees
    • ova spongia ex lacte (eggs with honey)
    • dormouse (marinated chicken drumsticks)
    • thynnus (tuna)
    • isiciaomentata (hamburgers)
  • Side Dishes
    • globuli (sweet fried curd cheese)
  • Desserts
    • libum (Ancient Roman cheesecake)

Roman Ingredients and Substitutions

Roman food was heavily reliant on fish sauce for its success. Wine, honey, vinegar, oil, and fish sauce are combined to create a balance of sweet, sour, and salty.

  • Caroenum:very sweet cooking wine, reduced to one-third its volume by boiling, mixed with honey.
    • Substitute: Use Marsala wine or a sweet sherry wine. You could also just add honey to grape juice.
  • Defrutum: thick fruit syrup, sort of like a Roman marmalade.
  • Garum: a salty, pungent sauce made by fermenting fish guts, tails, heads, and other small, whole fish in salt for several days out in the sun. Factories, salsamentarii, churned out massive amounts, or you could make your own in the courtyard. It was really popular.
    • Substitute: You can use a bit of Worcestershire sauce or buy a bottle of fish sauce from an Asian supermarket—either Nuoc Mam or Nam Plah.
    • Look for a sauce of a light amber colour and the words nhi or thuong hang on the label. These terms indicate that the condiment came from the first extraction of liquid from the fermented fish. Grades of fish sauces are similar to that of olive oils. The first extraction is of the highest quality.
  • Liquamen:This is "any kind of culinary liquid, depending upon the occasion." It may be interpreted as brine or another word for light fish sauce.
    • Substitute: Use a pinch of salt in white wine if you have no fish sauce.
  • Pepper: For any recipes that call for "pepper," use nutmeg or allspice.
    • Allspice, Fructus Pimentae, has a pleasing, clove-like aroma and can be exchanged for "pepper" in many ancient Roman recipes. It's a handy little spice used by modern cooks for stews, sauces, and flavouring pickled vegetables.
    • It takes its name from its aroma—which smells like a combination of spices— especially cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. In much of the world, allspice is called pimento because the Spanish mistook the fruit for black pepper, which they called pimienta. (This is especially confusing since the Spanish had already called chillies pimientos).

Ova Spongia ex Lacte (Eggs With Honey)

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Do you remember Ova Spongia ex Lacte from school days? Here's the full recipe from Apicius's De Re Coquinaria.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon honey
  • 4 eggs
  • 275ml milk
  • 25g butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Good pinch of black pepper

Instructions

  1. Beat together the eggs, milk, and oil.
  2. Pour a little olive oil into a frying pan and heat. When this is sizzling, add the omelette mixture.
  3. Whisk with a fork until the mix starts to solidify (this will make for a lighter omelette).
  4. When thoroughly cooked on one side, turn the omelette over and cook on the other side. Fold in half and turn out onto a plate.
  5. Warm the honey and pour over the omelette. Fold this over once more and cut into thick slices.
  6. Sprinkle with black pepper and serve.

Dormouse (Marinated Chicken Drumsticks)

Chicken drumsticks instead of dormouse
Chicken drumsticks instead of dormouse | Source

In Ancient Roman times, the dormouse was a delicacy, but these days it's one of the greatest threats to native British woodland.

These rodents strip bark from trees, destroy fruit crops, and, incidentally, chew through the electrical wiring in homes.

A dormouse is hard to come by these days, so in this recipe, I marinate chicken drumsticks overnight and call them dormouse (Gliris).

However, it's listed as an invasive threat, so no one would mind if you cooked a few.

Apicius's Version: 'Pound with pepper, caraway, cumin, bay leaves, dates, honey, vinegar, wine, liquamen and olive oil, then roast.'

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup plain all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A little vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Crush the cumin seeds using a mortar and pestle or equivalent.
  2. Put the flour in a plastic bag with the crushed cumin, bay leaves, caraway, and paprika.
  3. Lightly dab some vegetable oil on the drumsticks and toss them in the bag with the flour.
  4. Drop the honey into the bag. Give it a swirl around and leave the bag in the fridge overnight so the flavours sink in.
  5. Place the drumsticks in a lightly oiled baking pan and bake for 20-30 mins or until a skewer pushed into the thickest part releases only clear juice.

Thynnus (Tuna)

Source

I based this recipe on Patrick Faas's Around the Roman Table: Food and Feasting in Ancient Rome.

What the Romans called the ingredients: Ius in cordula assa: piper, ligustcum, mentam, cepam, aceti modicum et oleum.

What we call the ingredients: sauce for roast tuna: pepper, lovage, mint, onion, a little vinegar and oil.

Ingredients

  • 2 large tuna steaks and ingredients for the vinaigrette
  • 3 tablespoons strong vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons garum (or vinegar mixed with a little anchovy paste)
  • One cup olive oil
  • 4 finely chopped shallots
  • 1 teaspoon pepper (Allspice)
  • 1 teaspoon lovage seeds (or celery seeds)
  • bunch of fresh mint
  • olives to garnish

Instructions

  1. Brush your tuna fillets with oil, pepper, and salt.
  2. Grill them on one side over a hot barbecue.
  3. Turn them and brush the roasted side with the vinaigrette. Repeat.
  4. Don't let tuna overcook; the flesh should be pink inside.
  5. Serve with the remains of the vinaigrette.
  6. Garnish with a few olives.

Isicia Omentata (Hamburgers)

Isicia Omentata
Isicia Omentata | Source

Ingredients

  • 500g minced meat
  • 1 French roll, soaked in white wine (you can use non-alcoholic cider or water if serving to kids)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 50ml Liquamen (can use a little white wine with a pinch of salt or orange juice for kids)
  • some pine nuts and green peppercorns (go easy if serving to kids)
  • a little Caroenum (optional)
  • Baking foil

Instructions

  1. Mix minced meat with the soaked French roll. Grind up the pine nuts and peppercorns, mix into the meat.
  2. Form small balls with your hands. Put them in a little packet of foil and add a splash of Caroenum. Close the packet.
  3. Bake for 10-15 mins.

Globuli (Sweet Fried Curd Cheese)

Gorgeous Globuli
Gorgeous Globuli | Source

What Is Curd Cheese?

Curd cheese is similar to cream cheese but with a lower fat content and a light flavour, colour, and texture.

I use ricotta or sometimes bocconcini for this delightful sweet food.

Ingredients

  • 500g or about 1lb curd cheese
  • 1 cup semolina
  • honey
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Drain the curd cheese. Use a sieve or colander, let it hang in cheesecloth, or squash excess moisture out.
  2. Mix with the semolina into a loose dough and let it sit for a few hours. (Have a sip of Vino Caroenum while you wait).
  3. With wet hands, form the mixture into dumplings.
  4. Quickly fry dumplings in olive oil for a few minutes.
  5. Drain and roll in honey.

Libum (Ancient Roman Cheesecake)

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Libum was a sacrificial cake offered to the household spirits, but the Romans ate it as well!

The following recipe is from the book De Agri Cultura by Cato, who was a consul, statesman, and soldier. I'm sure he got the recipe from his cook.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup clear honey

Instructions

  1. Sift the flour in a mixing bowl.
  2. Beat the cheese until soft, stir into the flour.
  3. Add the beaten egg to the flour/cheese mixture, forming a soft dough.
  4. Divide the dough into four and shape each piece into a bun.
  5. Place on a greased baking tray with a fresh bay leaf underneath.
  6. Heat the oven to 375F/190C. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Warm the honey, pour into a flat plate, and place the buns on it to rest until the honey is absorbed.

Roman Foods for Kids

Tell the kids they're going to eat like Ancient Roman gladiators and emperors! In addition the hamburgers (I gave substitutions in the recipe if you'll be serving this to children), you can serve them the following foods:

  • Pita bread with falafel and feta cheese
  • Chopped apples with yogurt and honey

Original Garum Recipe

From Gargilius Martialis, De medicina et de virtute herbarum:

  1. Use fatty fish, like sardines, and a well-sealed (pitched) container with a 26-35 quart capacity.
  2. Add dried, aromatic herbs possessing a strong flavor—such as dill, coriander, fennel, celery, mint, oregano, and others—making a layer on the bottom of the container; then put down a layer of fish (if small, leave them whole; if large, use pieces), and over this, add a layer of salt two fingers high.
  3. Repeat these layers until the container is filled. Let it rest for seven days in the sun. Then mix the sauce daily for 20 days. After that, it becomes a liquid.

This is why I buy my fish sauce at the supermarket. If you want to try these instructions, best of luck to you! Please let me know how it went.

Reconstruction of a Roman Kitchen

Could you work in this kitchen?
Could you work in this kitchen? | Source

A Roman Banquet

How can you talk about the food of Ancient Rome without at least one mention of a banquet?

Here's one of the menus from Apicius for a medium-sized banquet.

It tells us a lot about the extent of Roman trade, for the ostrich and flamingo came from Africa, the dates from Judea, and the spices from throughout the Empire.

Appetisers

  • Jellyfish and eggs
  • Sow's udders stuffed with salted sea urchins
  • Patina of brains cooked with milk and eggs
  • Boiled tree fungi with peppered fish-fat sauce
  • Sea urchins with spices, honey, oil, and egg sauce

Main Courses

  • Fallow deer roasted with onion sauce, rue, Jericho dates, raisins, oil, and honey
  • Boiled ostrich with sweet sauce
  • Turtledove boiled in its feathers
  • Roast Parrot
  • Dormice stuffed with pork and pine kernels
  • Ham boiled with figs and bay leaves, rubbed with honey, baked in pastry crust
  • Flamingo boiled with dates

Desserts

  • Fricassee of roses with pastry
  • Pitted dates stuffed with nuts and pine kernels, fried in honey
  • Hot African sweet-wine cakes with honey

In the Words of a Roman

Gaius Petronius (27-66) was the advisor to Emperor Nero in matters of luxury and extravagance. Petronius boasted an official title—arbiter elegantiae. Appropriately, he slept days and partied nights.

Here's an account of a light supper that he attended in the course of his research into the good life:

"After a generous rubdown with oil, we put on dinner clothes. We were taken into the next room where we found three couches drawn up and a table, very luxuriously laid out, awaiting us.

We were invited to take our seats. Immediately, Egyptian slaves came in and poured ice water over our hands. The starters were served. On a large tray stood a donkey made of bronze. On its back were two baskets, one holding green olives, and the other black. On either side were dormice, dipped in honey and rolled in poppy seed. Nearby, on a silver grill, piping hot, lay small sausages.

As for wine, we were fairly swimming in it."

Fast Food of Ancient Rome

An Ancient Roman could also eat at a thermopolium, something like a small wine bar selling warmed wines and the ancient equivalent of fast food.

There were plenty of these hot food shops and taverna, places instantly recognisable to us as the handy corner shop blessed with a liquor license. A tradesman, sandal-seller, or clerk would pick up some hot sausage, bread, cheese, dates and, of course, wine, on the way home.

What do you think of Ancient Roman food?

Would you eat Ancient Roman food?

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Questions & Answers

  • Where did you learn about ancient Roman food?

    I learned about ancient Roman food from the 1st-century cook, Marcus Gaius Apicius. His recipes are in the book "Cooking Apicius" by Apicius and Sally Grainger. I wish I'd written that book! I also learned from conversations with Patrick Faas, author of "Around the Roman Table: Food and Feasting in Ancient Rome."

  • What is the original recipe for preparing dormouse? I tried to find it but I can't, and everybody says the recipe has no flavor.

    The original recipe, if you can call a list of ingredients and some vague instructions a 'recipe,' is from Marcus Gaius Apicius, the 1st-century Roman cook and gourmand. You can get his recipes in the book "Cooking Apicius" by Apicius and Sally Grainger. I don't actually use dormice in my version of the recipe though; I use chicken drumsticks.

© 2008 Susanna Duffy

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      Yuheng Jin 

      2 months ago

      I just have published a book about food in Ancient Rome from your facts!

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      4 months ago

      nice

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      Archie 

      5 months ago

      I don’t eat any of that

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      click2CYtoday 

      4 years ago

      Being Italian, I love ricotta cheese, so that Libum sounds delicious! I'll be trying that soon (albeit minus the bay leave) and I'm really curious to see how it turns out - letting the "buns" soak up the honey seems like a great idea. Thank you!

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      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm glad you found a substitute for the dormouse in the one recipe. Not sure I could eat one.

      We have little chipmunks, maybe they would be good in that recipe.

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      Samantha Devereux 

      4 years ago from Columbia Mo

      These all look so fabulous! I think the Baked Dormouse might have to go on the menu this week!

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      Nathalie Roy 

      4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Globuli sounds good and close to the Indian sweet Gulab Jamun, which happen to be one of my favorite dessert

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      Frischy 

      4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I had no idea these old recipes were still accessible to us today. Even more surprising is that they can be prepared in modern kitchens. They don't look very complicated either. I am seriously going to try that chicken. It looks so delicious.

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      seegreen 

      4 years ago

      I like the look of the Ancient Roman Cheesecake. My daughter said she would dress up as a household spirit and accept the offering - all of it.

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      Lou165 

      4 years ago from Australia

      I think we'll have to find out how they cooked their jellyfish and eggs it sounds intriguing and there's certainly lots of jellyfish about.

      I think it would be quite fun to host an Ancient Roman Feast for friends one day, certainly something different and we could feel like we were being quite cultural while stuffing our faces!!

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      BahamasWeddings 

      4 years ago

      interesting read and recipe

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      RomeFan 

      4 years ago

      I love Italian and authentic Roman cuisine. Thanks for sharing these recipes. These will surely be added to my cookbook.

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      Deb Bryan 

      4 years ago from Chico California

      Thank you for the amazing recipes from Ancient Rome.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      The history and food seem very interesting.

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      ChocolateLily 

      4 years ago

      What a menu! I admit that some of it sounded good (not the dormouse...). Thanks for sharing these recipes!

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      gottaloveit2 

      4 years ago

      What a fascinating read! We were just in Italy on vacation and visited Pompeii - I was fascinated by the stores that had that served hot food back in 710 b.c.

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      Robert Connor 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent lens, can not wait to try cheesecake!

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      Paula Hite 

      4 years ago from Virginia

      I love history and food, so this was a perfect combination. Your lens was featured on our G+ page today!

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      jmchaconne 

      4 years ago

      As an Italian, I'm ashamed of myself for not being familiar with Roman Recipes! I really liked your image of the Roman Kitchen, and the recipes look delicious. That egg and honey reminds me of a frittata, it was the first thing I learned to cook by my grandmother as a boy. I wrote a lens about it called nonnas-potato-frittata. I'm going to try the egg and honey, sounds like it would taste similar to a flan. Thank you for a fantastic lens. I learned a lot about by culinary heritage!

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      OUTFOXprevention1 

      4 years ago

      I will have to try.

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      martingallagher 

      4 years ago

      Those chicken drumsticks looks amazing! Though lying on the couch and eat sounds uncomfortable, the Romans sure liked their food.

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      yoursfoolie 

      4 years ago

      I never lie on couches ~ always tell the truth on 'em, just like on chairs. But if that's what we're supposed to do, let's see, here: This was a terrible lense... Nope, can't do it ~ it was too interesting ~ and I'm not even a cook!

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      AnonymousC831 

      4 years ago from Kentucky

      Great recipes, I cant wait to try these.

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      Jim Houston 

      4 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      Very interesting Susan & great pictures. JimHouston33

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      ssphia 

      4 years ago

      Great recipes! Thanks for sharing!

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      RestlessKnights 

      4 years ago

      Those chicken drumsticks look very appetizing!

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      RomeFan 

      4 years ago

      Great lens! I love authentic Roman cuisine.

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      chrisilouwho 

      4 years ago

      really nice article, I learned a lot here!

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      golfstrongly 

      5 years ago

      Wonderful article. Appealing layout. Great information.

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      federico-biuso 

      5 years ago

      Wow, really great Lens! In addition to the content itself, I bet that this is the proper way to create a lens!!!

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      RHKnight 

      5 years ago

      Super excellence both in cuisine knowledge and in history.

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      Max Globe 

      5 years ago

      epic Romans!

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      steadytracker lm 

      5 years ago

      Wow, those are some really great looking recipes. My mouth is already watering. Thank you for sharing them.

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      steadytracker lm 

      5 years ago

      Wow, those are some really great looking recipes. My mouth is already watering. Thank you for sharing them.

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      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Great recipes. Thank you for the virtual tour. I can taste ancient Roman recipe. It's more romantic when you serve one of the appetizers while in bed. Please visit sacredlove.com

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      Raymond Eagar 

      5 years ago

      If I had not allready had my potjie kos for lunch I would have been realy hungry after reading your lens , thanks .

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      LoriBeninger 

      5 years ago

      This is a fantastic lens! Thank you for the tour of Ancient Rome ala our stomachs!

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      nifwlseirff 

      5 years ago

      I didn't realise honey was used in most Roman dishes - fascinating - thanks!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Such a lens here, very historic and appetizing at the same time.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Fascinating lens, but I think I gained 10 pounds just reading it!

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      CannyGranny 

      5 years ago

      Called in to check on the scrambled eggs recipe from Ancient Rome

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      Ruthi 

      5 years ago

      Fabulous fun and food recipes you've shared here, Susanna! Now all I need to do is find myself a prince of a fella to cook me up an ancient Roman feast fit for a queen!

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      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      I LOVE Roman history so I really enjoyed this lens.

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      yarfodg 

      5 years ago

      Wonderful unique set of recipes... I must try some of these :-)

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      imagelist lm 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing...

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I'm going to try the cheesecake. I had no idea it went back so far. How cool!

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      chi kung 

      5 years ago

      I have to try some of the recipies you shared here- delicious!

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      stephen777 

      5 years ago

      How interesting. Most people have their our own idea of what Romans ate, based on T.V. and films. How far off the mark they are indeed. Thank you for opening our eyes on the ancient Roman world.

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      What an interesting food lens !

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      Birthday Wishes 

      5 years ago from Here

      So many good recipes... Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing lens!!!

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      geosum 

      5 years ago

      Fantastic lens. Glad I discovered it. More recipes for my collection.

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      Fridayonmymind LM 

      5 years ago

      This is amazing. I like the sound of the globuli.

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      5 years ago from Houston

      I'm a little amazed that we even have the recipes. Had no idea.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      What a fascinating lens, but I think eating lying down would give me indigestion. Great research.

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      mrsclaus411 

      5 years ago

      Wow! The Ancient Roman Meal is very engaging! Would love to try this out soon. Thanks for sharing! This is a nice lens!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      A little gripe. I've just done the test and supposedly got one wrong - but itâs the quiz that is wrong. Most of the time Romans did NOT eat lying down. Couches were for very formal dining only. Most Romans and for most of the time all Romans ate as we do - sitting on benches or chairs at a table.

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      GeekGirl1 

      5 years ago

      Ancient cookbook for modern day living would be awesome to have.

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      worldflashpacker 

      5 years ago

      It makes you wonder whether we overcomplicate recipes today. I bet the quality of ingredients was better then as well. Great lens. Feed me some grapes - NOW!!

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      worldflashpacker 

      5 years ago

      It makes you wonder whether we overcomplicate recipes today. I bet the quality of ingredients was better then as well. Great lens. Feed me some grapes - NOW!!

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      ArtandTrend 

      5 years ago

      I get the good knowledge here. This is just the first time I know the Roman recipes. They are very charming! I am hungry now.

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      Jogalog 

      5 years ago

      I think I would actually like Roman food!

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      OrganicMom247 

      5 years ago

      These are priceless.

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      5 years ago

      its great information on ancient Roman food..:-)

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      5 years ago

      I really liked this article on Culture & Societyâ¦..its great information on ancient Roman food..contents are understandable and worth to be noticedâ¦it is going to help people find their next insight

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      tkeiser 

      5 years ago

      Maybe because it's lunch time, but your lens has made me hungry. I want to try the eggs with honey.

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      CuriousBoy 

      5 years ago

      Great lens, interesting recipes and miscellaneous info and well documented.

      Good work!

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      Giovanna 

      5 years ago from UK

      Hi nice lens very interesting. I once watched a program about medieval food because cooking is one of my interests, but I had to turn it off, the recipes were making my stomach turn! The Romans had better taste -I think! thanks for this it's very interesting. (ancient Rome are also one of my interests BTW!)

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      Mit1357 

      5 years ago

      Indeed very tasty lens.

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      mrsclaus411 

      5 years ago

      Ancient Rome sure served up some interesting dishes.

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      Science-Fiction-Fan 

      5 years ago

      I'd like to try the chicken-substitute for dormice recipe

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      KathyFirak 

      5 years ago

      Great to find recipes that have an interesting story behind them.

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      JJGJJG 

      5 years ago

      Interesting, you had me at Dormice, lol

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      carocwn 

      5 years ago

      Lavish feasts ... I can just see now. Cool lens.

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Wonderful information about what Romans ate. I like your adaptations to modern ingredients so anyone can serve a Roman meal.

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      Takkhis 

      5 years ago

      Great ancient roman recipes.

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      rodica7 lm 

      5 years ago

      Great lens

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      ruaridhmcdonald 

      5 years ago

      Now if only I can convince my other half...

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Interesting and informative lens, def some things in those recipes that I would not put in my mouth

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      vegasgeorge 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting info and a great look at the Romans. Thanks!

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      Popping back in with blessings for this tasty lens!

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      tobydavis 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful, interesting lens - never would have thought of it - fab fun for a theme party! :-)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I teach HISTORY.....If possible, I am new at this, a teacher trying to make a difference and have my word get out... could you check out my lens http://www.squidoo.com/workshop/creating-the-most-...

      I would truly appreciate a LIKE.....Thank you!

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      newmorningdews 

      6 years ago

      wow nice info.

      I have played the Rome Total War 100 times ... lol

      Thank you

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      victoriahaneveer 

      6 years ago

      I learnt Latin at school and remember one day we had an Ancient Roman Feast. We had to dress up in togas (ahem, bedsheets) and make Roman dishes to share. We all reclined to eat (not on padded couches but on the hard floor of our school gym) and I remember it was great fun! Not a fried dormouse in sight but lots of laughs. I still have a photo actually!

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      rooshoo 

      6 years ago

      There are some cool lenses on Squidoo, this has got to be one of the best. Bookmarked! That Cooking Apicius cookbook is totally going on my wish list!

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      Kristen 

      6 years ago from Boston

      Loved learning about these recipes.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, I like this lens!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      great lens :)

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      kopox 

      6 years ago

      these food recipes is so ancient...

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      Mami Design 

      6 years ago

      Amazing lens - blessed!

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      David Stone 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Loved it, and especially your light, humorous touch in creating it. Made me hungry.

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      rafael-portilho 

      6 years ago

      amazing

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      AdriatiX 

      6 years ago

      Fantastic lens. Another recepies to try.

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      Riesling 

      6 years ago

      Great work

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @Jogalog: You do realize modern civilization only became as sophisticated again as the Romans were around 1800, give or take a century?

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      RationalHedonist 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting. I think the simpler foods are more better for you than the foods we buy now chock full of additives.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      nice lens i like to add roman flavor in my recipes

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      Jogalog 

      6 years ago

      I can't imagine the Romans cooking this food - it looks so sophisticated!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I would like Roman food without the fermented fish sauce all over everything. I would really like to try the desserts with the pine nuts but since pine nuts are sooooooo expensive guess I'll just have to wait!

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