Greek and Roman Recipes

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 …

Lizards and lettuces: Greek and Roman recipes for Valentine’s Day

As you prepare to tuck into your oysters, followed by a garlicky main course, and a chocolaty desert on Valentine’s night, spare a thought for the Greeks and Romans, whose aphrodisiacs I now present to you. Ancient medical treatises contain numerous recipes for aphrodisiacs. This abundance may give the impression that the Greeks and Romans …

Something old – something new: Greek and Roman recipes in focus

By Laurence Totelin The double-faced Roman god Janus presided over transitions: transitions from war to peace, from month to month, and from year to year. The Romans celebrated him on the Kalends of January, the first day of the year. The festivities are described most fully by the poet Ovid (first century CE) in his …