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Empire of Pleasures presents an evocative survey of the sensory culture of the Roman Empire, showing how the Romans themselves depicted their food, wine and entertainments in literature and in art.
This fascinating journey envelops the reader in a world devoted to the titillation and fulfilment of the senses, allowing them to recapture the Empire as it was sensed and imagined by those who lived in it. It will fascinate and entrance anyone with a love of the classical world
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Andrew Dalby is a historian and linguist. He is also the author of Siren Feasts: A History of Food and Gastronomy in Greece(Routledge 1996), which won the Runciman Prize in 1996 and (with Sally Grainger) The Classical Cookbook (1996).Review:
'cholarly and entertaining book about food, sex, and the fizz of social life' - Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times
'This book is the ideal companion for the armchair tourist.' - Classical Review
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