Hirse: für SklavInnen, PlebejerInnen und andere Tiere
Posted by entdinglichung - 5. März 2013
gefunden auf LiveScience durch Archaeology Magazine, neue Forschungsergebnisse werfen enthüllen, als was antike Autoren, welche der in aller Regel der herrschenden Klasse Roms angehörten, die Armen ansahen: als Hirse fressende Tiere:
„There were also differences among people living within Rome. Individuals buried in the mausoleum at Casa Bertone (a relatively high-class spot, at least for commoners), ate less millet than those buried in the simple cemetery surrounding Casa Bertone’s mausoleum. Meanwhile, those buried in the farther-flung Castellaccio Europarco cemetery ate more millet than anyone at Casa Bertone, suggesting they were less well-off than those living closer to or within the city walls.
Historical texts dismiss millet as animal feed or a famine food, Killgrove said, but the researcher’s findings suggest that plenty of ordinary Romans depended on the easy-to-grow grain. One man, whose isotope ratios showed him to be a major millet consumer, was likely an immigrant, later research revealed. He may have been a recent arrival to Rome when he died, carrying the signs of his country diet with him. Or perhaps he kept eating the food he was used to, even after arriving in the city.“