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The Roman Community at Table during the Principate

The Roman Community at Table during the Principate

Author: John Donahue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2020

On its initial publication, The Roman Community at Table during the Principate broke new ground with its approach to the integral place of feasting in ancient Roman culture and the unique power of food to unite and to separate its recipients along class lines throughout the Empire. John F. Donahue's comprehensive examination of areas such as festal terminology, the social roles of benefactors and beneficiaries, the kinds of foods offered at feasts, and the role of public venues in community banquets draws on over three hundred Latin honorary inscriptions to recreate the ancient Roman feast. Illustrations depicting these inscriptions, as well as the food supply trades and various festal venues, bring important evidence to the study of this vital and enduring social practice. A touchstone for scholars, the work remains fresh and relevant. This expanded edition of Donahue's work includes significant new material on current trends in food studies, including the archaeology and bioarchaeology of ancient food and drink; an additional collection of inscriptions on public banquets from the Roman West; and an extensive bibliography of scholarship produced in the last ten years. It will be of interest not only to classicists and historians of the ancient world, but also to anthropologists and sociologists interested in food and social group dynamics.

Water, Culture, and Power

Water, Culture, and Power

Author: John Donahue Format: eBook Release Date: 10/04/2013

Water, Culture, and Power presents a series of case studies from around the world that examine the complex culture and power dimensions of water resources and water resource management.

Who's Who in the Western Fiction of Zane Grey

Who's Who in the Western Fiction of Zane Grey

Author: John Donahue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2012

Best known for his popular Western fiction, American author Zane Grey has often been called the Homer of the West. His works influenced many subsequent writers in the genre and provided the raw material for dozens of popular Western films. This book is a dictionary of the major and minor characters in Zane Grey's Western novels and short fiction, providing a brief description and summary of each character and identifying the novels or short stories in which the character appears. Many entries also include an analysis of the character's thematic significance within the author's Western fiction as a whole.

The Roman Community at Table during the Principate

The Roman Community at Table during the Principate

Author: John Donahue Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2004

This book is indispensable both for ancient history and for food history, since it sets the moralizing literature of the Roman republic and empire within the correcting frame of epigraphy to clearly reveal the ordering of status and gender at meal times. Donahue offers fascinating reflections on public and private dining, doing for Roman politics what Pauline Schmitt did for the Greek polis. The Roman Community at Table during the Principate brilliantly ties meal times into the practices of Rome's Hellenistic predecessors and richly reflects the religious and cultural contexts of eating. ---John Wilkins, University of Exeter Donahue gives a riveting account of Roman communal dining in the civic sphere. Assembling scattered, difficult evidence, and employing apt cross-cultural comparisons, he skillfully constructs a picture of an activity central to public life in the Roman west, and of its social, economic, and ideological consequences. ---Matthew Roller, Johns Hopkins University Ranging from the extravagant banquets of the emperors to the numerous feasts in cities and towns throughout the Western Empire, John F. Donahue's new study examines public feasting in Rome during the first four centuries of the Common Era. Taking as its starting point the development of feasting in ancient Greece and then in Rome, this study brings to the fore the importance of the publicly shared meal in ancient culture and its particular significance within the Roman Empire. Previous studies have focused on the Roman feast largely for its structural and symbolic elements. Through a careful assessment of ancient evidence and modern comparative material, Donahue breaks new ground by focusing on the public banquet, allowing the exploitation of a broad range of literary and epigraphic texts. The resulting treatment provides the first comprehensive examination of areas such as festal terminology, the social roles of benefactors and beneficiaries, the kinds of foods offered at feasts, and the role of public venues in community banquets. Donahue's unique study relies on over three hundred Latin honorary inscriptions to recreate the ancient Roman feast. Illustrations depicting these inscriptions, as well as the food supply trades and various festal venues, bring important evidence to the study of this vital and enduring social practice. This book reveals the integral place of feasting in ancient culture as well as the unique power of food to unite and to separate its recipients along class lines throughout the Roman Empire. It will be of interest not only to classicists and historians of the ancient world, but also to anthropologists and sociologists interested in food and social group dynamics.

Water, Culture, and Power Local Struggles In A Global Context

Water, Culture, and Power Local Struggles In A Global Context

Author: John Donahue Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/1997

This volume presents a series of case studies from around the world that examine the complex culture and power dimensions of water resources and management. Chapters describe highly contentious cases that span the continuum of concerns from dam construction and hydroelectric power generation to water quality and potable water systems. They address the values and meanings associated with water and how changes in power result in changes both in meaning and in patterns of use, access, and control.

Water, Culture, and Power Local Struggles In A Global Context

Water, Culture, and Power Local Struggles In A Global Context

Author: John Donahue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/1997

This volume presents a series of case studies from around the world that examine the complex culture and power dimensions of water resources and management. Chapters describe highly contentious cases that span the continuum of concerns from dam construction and hydroelectric power generation to water quality and potable water systems. They address the values and meanings associated with water and how changes in power result in changes both in meaning and in patterns of use, access, and control.