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Plutarch wrote an article about the Spartans, as he tells us in his Life of so much so that the older men did not require a bit of meat, but gave up all of it to the young men. And to put up with the plainest diet, so as to be able to consume and contempt for death; and these they used both in dancing, and. 50%; 75%; %; %; %; % The ancient historian Plutarch claimed these “ill-born” Spartan babies were While boys were readied for a life on campaign, girls practiced dance, gymnastics and javelin and discus throwing, which Wine was a staple of the Spartan diet, but they rarely drank to. Except the musicians and dancers, no women were allowed to attend these gatherings. They were very popular in Crete and Sparta and represented It appears that the ordinary Greek of this period ate meat very seldom.
They used couches and low tables only for the "symposia", where they ate and drank reclined on the couches. Different vessels were used, mainly terracotta. The bread was often used for picking food with, or for cleaning hands after eating instead of napkins.
The two main grains cultivated were wheat and barley. Cereals were usually served with vegetables and some fruits.
Greeks made different types of flours and used leavening agent a kind of yeast for their bread - "artos". They backed the bread in clay ovens and often added poppy seeds, sesame seeds or bran before baking the bread. Fruits and vegetables No spinach or eggplant, no tomatoes or capsicum and certainly no potatoes were part of the Greek menu, as they entered Europe after discovering the New World. The vegetables were eaten as soup or puree, boiled or mashed.
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The most common soup was of lentils. In fact, lentils were eaten on a daily basis. Other often consumed vegetables were cabbage, broad bean, onion, garlic, leeks, chickpeas, olives.
The fruits were eaten both fresh and dried. Most popular were figs, raisins, apples, pears, pomegranates, grapes, and dates. Nuts such as hazelnuts, walnuts and chestnuts were a common part of the menu.
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Meat and fish or did meat conquer Troy? According to epic poetry, the most popular meat eaten by Mycenaean heroes was beef. It appears that the ordinary Greek of this period ate meat very seldom, usually at official celebrations and sacrifices. Among the consumed meet were beef, pork, and goat. Poultry was popular too. Spartans were famous with their black pork stew that was considered as almost daily dish accompanied by cheese, figs, and sometimes even fish.
Fish was not mentioned in epics as a dish at all Well, once in "Odyssey", but the fish was eaten just out of necessity. Sardines and anchovies were the most popular small fish and were used for preparing a special fish sauce for cooking — "garon". The name of the sauce suggests that initially it was made from shellfish and shrimps.
This sauce was probably the ancestor of the famous Roman garum. Common saltwater fish were tuna, red mullet, and swordfish. Eggs and Dairy products Greeks most frequently ate quails and hens eggs.
Pheasant and goose eggs were known, but as rare and rather exotic.
The whites and the yolks were also used in preparing other dishes. Goat and sheep milk was both drunk and used for the preparation of different types of dairies such as curdled milk and cheese.
Spartans were renowned for their devotion to physical fitness and proper diet, and they reserved a special loathing for overweight citizens, who were publicly ridiculed and risked being banished from the city-state. Wine was a staple of the Spartan diet, but they rarely drank to excess and often cautioned their children against drunkenness. In some cases, they would even force Helot slaves to get wildly inebriated as a way of showing young Spartans the negative effects of alcohol.
Spartan men were not allowed to live with their wives until age The state counseled that men should marry at age 30 and women at Since all men were required to live in a military barracks until 30, couples who married earlier were forced to live separately until the husband completed his active duty military service. The Spartans saw marriage primarily as a means for conceiving new soldiers, and citizens were encouraged to consider the health and fitness of their mate before tying the knot.
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In fact, husbands who were unable to have children were expected to seek out virile substitutes to impregnate their wives. Likewise, bachelors were seen as neglecting their duty and were often publically mocked and humiliated at religious festivals. Surrender in battle was the ultimate disgrace. Spartan soldiers were expected to fight without fear and to the last man. Surrender was viewed as the epitome of cowardice, and warriors who voluntarily laid down their arms were so shamed that they often resorted to suicide.
According to the ancient historian Herodotus, two Spartan soldiers who missed out on the famous Battle of Thermopylae returned to their homeland disgraced.
One later hanged himself, and the other was only redeemed after he died fighting in a later engagement. Even Spartan mothers were known for their do-or-die approach to military campaigns. Spartan women are said to have sent their sons off to war with a chilling reminder: In fact, the law mandated that only two classes of people could have their names inscribed on their tombstones: We strive for accuracy and fairness.