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Taste and the Ancient Senses (The Senses in Antiquity) Paperback – 31 Aug 2016

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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (8 Aug. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844658694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844658695
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
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Taste is the most corporeal of senses, requiring not only direct physical contact, but the ingestion of substances that will become part of ourselves. Thanks to its association with "low" bodily functions, taste has commonly been held in low regard by idealizing philosophers and other theorists. This multidisciplinary volume, with contributions from historians, literary critics, and material culture specialists, seeks to redress this imbalance through an engaging exploration of the distinctive qualities, characteristics, and experiences of taste in ancient Greece and Rome. It offers much to ruminate on for readers interested in almost any aspect of the ancient world, food history, or the history of the senses.

- Matthew Roller, Professor of Classics, Johns Hopkins University, USA

About the Author

Kelli C. Rudolph is Lecturer in Classics and Philosophy at the University of Kent, Canterbury. She has research interests in ancient perceptual theories and the relationship between Presocratic and Hellenistic philosophy, and is currently working on theoretical approaches to the senses in antiquity.

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