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Rich Romans organized wonderful feasts

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Rich Romans organized extremely decadent and extravagant feasts that lasted for hours. Unable to swallow the next dishes, the slaves teased their palate with a pen so that they could then vomit the contents of the stomach. In this way they could continue to participate in the meeting.

A certain Trimalchio issued a feast where he served guests with a hundred-year-old wine. At the party, the wild boar was also brought to the table, from whose belly the living, singing thrushes flew out. Some of the delicacies served during a Roman feast are: peacock brain, flamingo languages or raw sea urchins. The Romans loved stuffed thrushes – the Roman thrush was stuffed through the throat, without gutting.

Apicius gives a recipe for the chopped udder of a pig. The Romans ate also the cerebellum and goat or sheep’s lungs.

Sources
  • Winniczuk Lidia, Ludzie, zwyczaje i obyczaje starożytnej Grecji i Rzymu, PWN, Warszawa 1983

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