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Breakfast 
in Ancient Rome
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The ancient Romans believed it was important to start their day with breakfast.


Lower class Romans would breakfast on bread with maybe some cheese or olives added.  The bread was dipped in wine to soften it. If a workman was in a hurry or running late they might stop at a bread shop to grab a loaf to eat on the way.  Bread was so important to Romans that they gave it away free to unemployed people. This, plus free admission to the gladiatorial contests, gave rise to the term bread and circuses.  

Upper class Romans had a slightly different breakfast.  They might have some type of meat or fish, fresh fruit or vegetables to go with their bread.  They did not have sugar so they used honey to sweeten their food.  They also ate lying down on couches.  Since there was no such thing as forks, they had slaves to cut their food and clean up afterwards.  There was always a wet towel to wash with after the meal.  

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