JV’s – AIA Lecture on Roman Eating Habits at the Close of the Western Roman Empire

On Thursday we went to the listen to the Archaeological Institute of America’s lecture at the College of Charleston.

My favorite talke this past week was about Roman dining near the fall of the Roman empire.  In this talk Scott De Brestian explained that Romans dined laying down on their left arm and had dinner parties in groups of seven. The couch arrangement changed over time to be an arc pattern. They were called sigma couches. The platter of food was placed on a table in the central point of the arc. Some wealthy people wanted to have more people over so they built rooms that could contain more sigma couches.  The number started to go up soon reached 129 guests with nine sigma couches. As the barbarians sacked Rome and other cities.  These eating habits did not suit them and was lost.


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