Gabby Scarpa- Roman Food

Typically, Romans had three meals a day and they were called the Ientaculum, Prandium, and Cena.  The Ientaculum was there breakfast and it was eaten early in the morning before the men went to work.  Breakfast was usually a light meal that consisted of bread, cheese, and olives.  The bread was normally eaten with honey, olive oil, and wine.  Sometimes they ate a wheat pancake for breakfast with dates and honey.  The Romans lunch was called the Prandium and it consisted of leftovers from the night before, cold meat, bread, and fish.   Lunch was usually a small meal that could even be considered a snack.  This meal didn’t exist until dinner was moved an hour later.  Most meals depended on your class, poor Romans were lucky to have more than a piece of bread.  The wealthy Romans were able to purchase rich cheeses to accompany the bread for breakfast.


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