“Food, Identity and Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Ancient World”


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coverWim Broekaert, Robin Nadeau, and John Wilkins (eds.). Food, Identity and Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Ancient World. Latomus, Volume 354. Bruxelles: Peeters-Leuven, 2015, pp. 106, 22€.

*I’d like to express my gratitude to Peeters-Leuven for providing a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Food as an approach to cross-cultural exchange and identity in the ancient world is not a popular trend among ancient historians. Yet, as the articles within this volume demonstrate, exploring the cross-cultural exchange of food, cuisine developments, and food customs can contribute to how we can understand social identity in antiquity. Unlike other volumes, which speak of Hellenization, Romanization, acculturation, etc., to discuss cultural exchange, Food, Identity, and Cross-Cultural Exchange focuses on heuristic concept established by French and German historians M. Espagne and M. Werner: “transferts culturels”. While the concept is not in common usage outside of French scholarship, each contribution in this volume explores how…

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