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
Special series edited by Laurence Totelin (Cardiff University) in January 2015. Something old – something new: Greek and Roman recipes in focus, Laurence Totelin Flower power: Cato’s medicinal recipes, Jane Draycott, Wild Thyme, Bitter Almonds, and Extract of Beavers – The Medicinal Recipes of Scribonius Largus, Ianto Jocks Painting Plantsin Roman Egypt, David Leith We also regularly feature posts on … Continue reading Greek and Roman Recipes