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Why did ancient Greeks and Romans eat lying down?
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You asked us, "Why did ancient Greeks and Romans eat lying down?"
 
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 enjoyed by the elite. People further down the social ladder copied the laid-back dining style, if they could afford to.
 
I mean, who wouldn't want to stretch out while chowing down?
 
But not everyone was so lucky in ancient Greece. You see, women didn't generally get invited to banquets except for rare occasions like wedding feasts. Even then they had to sit upright.
 
It was only in ancient Rome that customs changed, allowing upper-class women to lounge alongside men.
 
Sounds sweet.  But all that lying down and eating can't 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 (249)
  • elenag-ver
    11/29/2015 - 03:10 p.m.

    The people further down the social ladder copied people above them because they knew they were stronger than them and they wanted to follow exactly what they did. And sometimes they wanted to be like them. And they also knew they would be treated with more respect.

  • MustafaS-Iov
    11/29/2015 - 08:06 p.m.

    the people wanted to be like the rich so they copied them only if they can afford sometimes women wouldn't be able to come and eat lying down then a few years after they were able to eat with men eating lying down

  • NadaR-Iov
    11/29/2015 - 08:11 p.m.

    the people further down the social ladder copied the people above them to show that they were rich and luxurious, only if they could afford to do so. But something that would be scary is if they would actually choke on the food they decided to eat, i reckon nobody would do such again.

  • TinaA-Iov
    11/29/2015 - 08:22 p.m.

    They show there luxury and money. The reson is because they want to show off. That's why they lye down to show the other people that people serve them.

  • maymunak-iov
    11/29/2015 - 08:29 p.m.

    They ate lying down while others feed them. It was a sign of power and luxury enjoyed by the elite so normal people with not so much money copyed them to make look richer and fancy

  • aderholdm-rob
    11/30/2015 - 09:43 a.m.

    They might have wanted to live like higher class people.

  • 24smdrie
    11/30/2015 - 09:52 a.m.

    I think that is very cool because I never knew about that.

  • 24prforr
    11/30/2015 - 09:59 a.m.

    Well that would be heaven for me just sit around eating food. There is nothing wrong with that right. \:(

  • lindseymc-cur
    11/30/2015 - 10:48 a.m.

    Every country wants to be the best. Then they saw what they where doing and wanted to do it. That's why. I don't know how I could ever eat lying down.

  • hudsonh-ver
    11/30/2015 - 01:04 p.m.

    Isn't it quite possible many people chocked from lying down while eating.

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