General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Food and dining in the ancient Greek world
Language English
Module lecturer Magdalena Stuligrosz
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position prof. UAM
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 15
USOS code 03-AP-FDG


Thursday, 11.30-13.00, Collegium Maius, room 328

Module aim (aims)

- to obtain state-of-the-art knowledge of the subject matter of the lecture;
- to deepen one’s knowledge of selected problems of classical culture;
- to obtain knowledge of the coexistence of methodological trends;
- to obtain the knowledge of basic terminology and methods typical of several methodologies;
- to develop the ability to recognize and assess methods used in earlier and recent research;
- to develop skills at applying the tools typical of specific methodological trends

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

general familiarity with classics; basic familiarity with the terminology of history of literature and literary theory; having read a number of classical texts, original or translated; attending other lectures on classical culture


Week 1 Introduction: general remarks on food consumption in Greek culture; literary sources.
Week 2 Food in Homer (I): the sacrifice and the preparation of meal.
Week 3 Food in Homer (II): the banquets of the heroes.
Week 4 Food in Greek lyric poetry.
Week 5 Scenario of the symposium and its depiction in sympotic poetry.
Week 6 Sicily and the life of luxury.
Week 7 Food in the Old Comedy: the utopian motif of the ‘Land of Plenty’.
Week 8 Sicilian influences: food and cooks in the Middle and New Comedy.
Week 9 The poetic cookery books: Archestratus of Gela, Hedypatheia.
Week 10 The poetic descriptions of banquets (I): Matro of Pitane, Attic Dinner.
Week 11 The poetic descriptions of banquets (II): Philoxenus of Leucas, Banquet.
Week 12 Greek banquet scenario.
Week 13 Great meals of the Hellenistic period: Hippolochus, The wedding meal of Caranus
Week 14 Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae.
Week 15 Conclusions, exam

Reading list

A. Dalby, Siren Feasts. A History of Food and Gastronomy in Greece, London-New York 1996.
A. Dalby, Food in the Ancient World from A to Z, London 2003.
J. Wilkins, S. Hill, Food in the Ancient World, Totnes 2006.