During the time of the Republic, for
their afternoon and evening meals, Romans ate mostly vegetables and dined very
The women of the
house, or the slaves under their direction, would prepare the meals, which
were then served by the children of the house.
In the atrium, a dining table would be set
up for meals and the family would sit on stools around it. After
serving the adults the children would serve themselves and take their
seats with the rest of the family. The whole family ate
The Romans did not have forks. They
did use spoons and knives while eating. Mostly food was eaten
using your hands or a spoon.
time for the Patrician class this simple style of living changed.
Romans no longer sat at a table, instead they lay down on special dining
couches. Food was still mostly eaten with your
Patricians would frequently throw
elaborate dinner parties. In the early empire period these
were separated into men's parties and women's parties. The
two did not mix. A dinner might last several hours and
usually included some type of entertainment. They still used
dining couches and ate with their hands. During the later
empire period, the family again dined together.
have a dinner of porridge made of vegetables, or, when they could
afford it, fish, bread, olives, and wine, and meat on occasion.
The really poor made do with whatever they could buy or whatever
the government gave them.
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