Ancient Romans ate like 'animals'

  • PTI, New York
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  • Updated: Mar 04, 2013 00:39 IST

Ancient Romans are known for their sumptuous feasts, but according to a new study, an incredible 98% commoners ate food that was seen fit only for animals.

Romans are known for eating well, with mosaics from the empire portraying sumptuous displays of fruits, vegetables, cakes - and, of course, wine.

However, common people ate millet, a grain looked down upon by the wealthy as fit only for livestock, says a study published in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.

Results come from an analysis of anonymous skeletons in the ancient city's cemeteries, 'LiveScience' said.


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