Apparently the specularia were built to provide, in Pliny
This in itself is not surprising, but Grossschmidt
Comments about this dietary regulation, however, are far from a modern phenomenon. Both Jewish and gentile discussions about the absence of pig from the Jewish table survive from antiquity.
On a historiographical level, if we look at all the ethnographic material in the Histories, it appears that Herodotus wishes the reader to view the world and its peoples in a sort of grid. Scythia and Egyptians are the extremes (in several ways) and other central cultures like the Greeks and Persians fall into place between them.
Production of beer in ancient Egypt was an important daily activity. Beer was an essential part of the nutrition of the ancient Egyptian as well as important in religious life.
In many cultures one can find a set of close and extensive relationships between food and cosmological beliefs such as those of Empedocles. The spiritual conception of cuisine that prevailed among many
An article about Roman and Greek Beer making.
lthough there exist many accounts describing food, its production, consumption and trade in the ancient Mediterranean world, there is nothing like a painting or sculpture or mosaic to bring these texts to life and flesh out our understanding of the role of food in past societies.