Why did ancient Greeks and Romans eat lying down?
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Why did ancient Greeks and Romans eat lying down?
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Reclining and dining in ancient Greece started at least as early as the 7th century BCE. It was later picked up by the Romans.
 
They ate lying down while others served them. It was a sign of power and luxury. It was enjoyed by the elite. People further down the social ladder copied the laid-back dining style. If they could afford to.
 
Who would not want to stretch out while chowing down?
 
But not everyone was so lucky in ancient Greece.  Women did not usually get invited to banquets. Except for rare events like wedding feasts.  And even then they had to sit upright.
 
It was only in ancient Rome that customs changed. They allowed upper-class women to lounge like the men.
 
It sounds sweet. But all that lying down and eating could not have been good for the heartburn.

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Why did people “further down the social ladder” copy people above them?
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COMMENTS (47)
  • alex0509-yyca
    7/28/2016 - 03:31 p.m.

    They may have wanted to live a lifestyle like the higher class , or they wanted to feel powerful.It was also a sign of power and luxury it was enjoyed by the elite. People further down the social ladder copied the people above them because they thought that they will either have power or feel like they had power. I believe that they wanted people to accept them as equal as the people above them.

  • quincy1-nor
    9/15/2016 - 01:09 p.m.

    Because they wanted to eat lying done to.

  • dylanc10-san
    1/31/2017 - 03:08 p.m.

    Couse it could couse heart borns
    And couse it was dangerous.

  • chelseyb-san
    1/31/2017 - 03:08 p.m.

    They ate lying down while others others served them it means the power of luxzury. They said it feels sweet and enjoy heatburn. People copy and also enjoy.

  • marianav-san
    1/31/2017 - 03:09 p.m.

    They like to lay down. They atelaying down. And they like it like that

  • amayah-san
    1/31/2017 - 03:09 p.m.

    The people copied the people above them because they could do what if they could afford to.

  • robertoh1-san
    1/31/2017 - 03:10 p.m.

    One reason why people down the social ladder copy people above then because of the people down the social ladder want to feel important. Another reason is because the people down the social ladder want to feel in power. A third reason is because the people down the social ladder to be the king of something.

  • johns3-san
    1/31/2017 - 03:10 p.m.

    People "further down the social ladder" copied the Greece. And it made its way to Rome Italy. Only the rich could afford it, and sometimes women did the laying down and eating but only in special occasions.

  • vanessar-san
    1/31/2017 - 03:10 p.m.

    They did that because they thought they will either have power or feel like they did.

  • mariav-san
    1/31/2017 - 03:11 p.m.

    The may have wanted to live a lifestyle . Like the higher class peopl. Or they wanted to feel powerful.

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