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by Archaeology Newsroom

The eating habits of the ancient Greeks

The ancient Greeks ate most foods. They preferred fish to meat and out of domestic animals chickens were the most frequently eaten. Larger animals were slaughtered and eaten only when they could no longer work and there was a special market for donkey’s meat in Athens. The ancient Greeks were mainly vegetarian cereals being a favourite food. They cooked wheat in different ways. It was often offered amylon, that is to say without being ground in a mill. Garlic cost more than onions did, and bulbs, roots and vegetables were great delicacies. Foods were cooked in oil. The ancient Greeks ate lots of fresh and dried fruits. There seem to have been 44 kinds of fig and 32 kinds of apple.