In September 2016, The Recipes Project celebrated its fourth birthday. We now have over 500 posts in our archives and over 120 pages for readers to sift through. That’s a lot of material! (And thank you so much to our contributors for sharing such a wealth of knowledge on recipes.) But with so much material … Continue reading Tales from the Archives: Controlled Substances in Roman Law and Pharmacy
By Molly Jones-Lewis Let me begin with a passage from the Digest of Roman Law within the section on the Lex Cornelia on murderers and poisoners (D.188.8.131.52): It is laid down by another decree of the senate that dealers in cosmetics are liable to the penalty of this law (the Lex Cornelia on murderers and … Continue reading Controlled substances in Roman law and pharmacy?
By Ianto Jocks In continuing my investigation of Scribonius Largus, the first century CE author of a recipe book I have previously written about, I am frequently puzzled by some of the practical aspects of his recipes. This is in part because I am approaching a practical manual written for contemporaries who had personal familiarity … Continue reading Thinking and trying the experiment in the study of Roman pharmacy
As pointed out by Elaine Leong in a recent post, beer is a favourite topic at The Recipes Project. As a Belgian, I felt I should perhaps add something to the subject. As a classicist, however, I rarely encounter beer. Famously, the Greeks and Romans were wine drinkers, and considered beer a Barbarian beverage. Still, … Continue reading Wormy beer and wet nursing in the Roman Empire