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Eating like a member of one’s own group would be more or less a social obligation (Montanari, 2010, 46, 82–4). However, such a behavior would be normal in any type of society where the social and political differences must be shown and respected. In a literate culture, the goal would be exactly the same: an elite willing to discuss dishes and practices that would enforce the social and political structure in force. To eat the right dishes and to be able to talk about it in accordance with social conventions becomes a means of social distinction, a way to project self or social identity.

Livius Larensis, whose tombstone set up by his wife records him however simply as pontifex minor (ILS 2932). He may also be the procurator patrimonii “Livius Laurensis,” who handed over the corpse of the murdered emperor Commodus for burial at night (SHA Commodus 20). He would then be a prominent historical figure 34 Oswyn Murray of the right generation to act as host at Athenaeus’ imaginary banquet. However, the idea of Larensis as the direct patron of Athenaeus is chronologically implausible.

Greet her, children! I will give you char­ coal in honor of this lady who has come to visit. Carry her out! Not even in death may I ever be separated from you, wrapped in beets! Aristophanes, Acharnians 885–94 Dicaiopolis’ emotion is marked by an amusingly paratragic tone (we may be reminded of Electra greeting her brother at Soph. El. 1224ff); the return and recognition of such “dear ones” marks, as in tragedy, that the tables are turning and things are definitely looking up. Comedy’s delight in dwelling on fantasies of food is particularly seen in a series of pas­ sages from Attic Old Comedy, preserved in Athenaeus, which translate Hesiod’s Golden Age vision into exercises in imagination and ingenuity in describing “the way things used to be” (Ath.

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