About me & this site

Salve!  My name is Parker and I’m currently a college freshman.  I am interested in all things ancient and I try to read as much as possible.  Some of my favorite topics include history, linguistics (particularly extinct languages), archaeology, and food.  With school and all sorts of activities canceled for the spring of 2020, I decided to jump on something I had been keen to try for a while as a result of my reading: cooking ancient food.

Why did I choose Roman recipes?

I figured that Rome’s relative longevity as a civilization is significant in and of itself, but there’s also an abundance of recipes to try.  Roman authors of all subjects seem to have, at some point, written about food.  Some of the recipes I found are absurd (dolphin meatballs or ostrich ragout), while others are remarkably mundane (pickles or lentil soup).  The depth and variety offered by Roman cuisine is practically unmatched, which encouraged me to dive in.  In time I’d like to sample regional cuisines from across the empire if I can (Greek, Numidian, Parthian, etc.), as well.

A bit about the Latin…

The name of this website translates from Latin to “Foods of the Ancients,” the “ancients” being, namely, the Romans.  Also, as all of the original recipes were written in Latin, I’ve included an English translation of each.  I’ve done some of the translating myself, but have generally used other sources to ensure accuracy.  Finally (this may seem trivial in the grand scheme of things), I don’t include macrons in any of the words in my Latin recipes due to formatting issues, in case there was any concern.