Ancient Roman Food : Brain pudding, anyone?

For us food is more than just fuel for the body.  We center many of our social events around food.  We time our days around our meals.  Some people make food their whole life by becoming chefs, restaurant owners, food critics, and gourmets.  Food was an important part of daily life in Ancient Rome too, and similar to our culture, the food consumed was different depending on what each individual or family could afford.

Early Roman Government and the Pater Familias

The early Roman government was a monarchy with a hint of democracy, and it had its roots in a very important idea of Roman family culture - the pater familias.  The pater familias -- Latin for family father  -- was the basic structure of the Roman family and society, and it became the basic structure of the Roman government in its different forms from the earliest days of Roman kings, through the republic, and all the way to the Roman Empire and beyond.  For now though, let's focus on the pater familias and the early government of Rome.

Where did democracy begin?

The textbook answer to the question, "Where did democracy begin?" is that it began in Athens in Ancient Greece.   I think there is a lot more to it than that, but let's look at Greek democracy (and compare it to ours) first.

Roles of Men and Women in Ancient Greece

The roles of men and women in Ancient Greek society differed depending on city-state, social class, and situation. Male dominance over women was the norm, though.

The Ancient Greek attitude of male dominance and negativity toward women goes all the way back to the writings of Homer and to the Greek myths.

Geography of Ancient Greece and its Effects on Culture

What was Greece’s geography like?  How did geography affect Ancient Greek civilization?

Here’s a mystery box that will help us answer these questions.  The contents of this box shaped Greek culture.  It holds secret weapons that helped Greece defeat the almost unstoppable Persian Empire.  The items in this box also helped lead to the fall of Ancient Greece.  
Curious?  Okay, go ahead and take a peek.