Greek Food and What They Mean

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Some Greek food had different philosophical and religious meanings. The main Greek food are barley, wheat bread, olive oil, wine, apples, figs, cheese, lentils, salt, fish, lamb and pork. To be honest, the Greek never eat meat unless it had been sacrificed to the god. And the other time when they will eat the meat is when it had been hunted in the wild. The main belief is that it is wrong to kill. And must less to eat a domesticated animal that is tamed, thus it has to be sacrificed to the gods first. For vegetables, there are some that are believed to be cleaner. The Greeks believed that the Pythagoreans would not eat beans. The correlation between wine is to the God Dionysos, while bread is to Persephone and Demeter.

Mediterranean Triad

The Mediterranean triad refers to barley, millet which are wheat, olive oil and wine. The second is the vegetables such as legumes which they grow themselves, peas, chickpeas, beans and lentils. More fish is eaten than meat due to their emotions about sacrificing meat. From the way food is eaten, you can tell a Greek from a foreigner. Greeks eating habits are different, they value simplicity. “The best meal was a free one” quoted by Chrysippus. Chrysippus of Soli is a Stoic philosopher, native to Cilicia and was the pupil of Cleanthes. Stoicism is about the Hellenistic philosophy mainly the teachings on destructive emotions resulting from errors in judgment. It also believes that a person of moral and intellectual perfection or even a sage will not suffer such emotions.

Culinary and Gastronomy

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Greeks takes pleasure in describing the table of the Achaemenid Great King and his court. Clearchus of Soli, Ctesias, Herodotus and Strabo were unaminous when describing this. The 4th-3rd century BCE’s Clearchus of Soli wrote a lot on eastern cultures, India to Persia. For Ctesias of Cnidus, he was a historian and Greek physician. The other ancient Greek historian born in Caria was Herodotus, ‘Father of History’ was what he was known as. And finally, the fourth, Strabo was a geographer, philosopher other than a Greek historian as well. His mother was Georgian and Strabo had travel extensively from Egypt to Kush, Tuscany, Asia minor, Rome and even Ethiopia. He also was at Corinth, island of Gyaros in the Aegean Sea, sailing up the Nile and to Philae. He is pro-Roman politically, but he culturally, he is reserved to Greece.

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