Food and nutrition of women and children in the Roman World (2nd century B.C- 3rd century A.D.)

Onderzoeksoutput: PhD Thesis


This thesis provides an alternative interpretation to that of the current historical analysis about food
and nutrition of women and children in the Roman world (II B.C.E - III A.D.). Instead of the traditional
focus on social and cultural determinants, nutrition is here considered as the result of the interplay
among different elements that operated in the everyday lives of women and children: the activities they
performed, the needs and challenges of their specific life cycles, and the socially available ideas
underlying human interactions with nature for food and health purposes. It is argued that both women
and children were active participants in all the processes related to food and nutrition and that their
work was key to the food security of their group.
Based on a theoretical framework inspired by a tridimensional definition of nutrition, this thesis offers
an integral view of the biological, social and environmental elements that influenced food and nutrition
in ancient times. The analysis of ancient written and bioarchaeological sources contributes to
highlighting the multiple ways in which women and children took part in the processes involved with
their own food and nutrition. The proposed theoretical framework is articulated with the analysis of the
ancient sources with the aim of providing a new approach to the subject.
Originele taal-2English
Toekennende instantie
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Universidad Nacional de La Plata
  • Erdkamp, Paul, Promotor
  • García Mac Gaw, Carlos, Promotor, Externe Persoon
Datum van toekenning17 aug 2023
StatusPublished - 2023


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