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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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 and was later picked up by the Romans.
 
To eat lying down, while others served you, 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 and 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 (26)
  • luket-4-bar
    12/04/2015 - 10:51 a.m.

    In the story, it says "People further down the social ladder copied the laid-back dining style, if they could afford to." People wanted to copy the rich because is made them feel more important to society. This was in a time where wealth was very important to how you fit in with society, and if you were less fortunate, you and your friends would look up to them.
    I thought this article was interesting because I never even knew that Greeks and Romans ate lying down. Now I know and I understand it. I though it was cool that peope did it t copy the kings and queens.

  • annas-ver
    12/04/2015 - 01:17 p.m.

    wow, I eat lying down all the time, all though no one serves me. its amazing to see how the relationship towards women changed.

  • kieranw-3-bar
    12/04/2015 - 07:58 p.m.

    People further down the social ladder copied the higher class to feel as luxurious and as special as the higher class did, that's why they copied the idea of lying down and eating. I find this article to be in some sort of humor because now a days we all eat sitting at a table and also now a days we worry about diseases such as heartburn.

  • janez-sta
    12/07/2015 - 02:21 p.m.

    I think that it was really interesting that women weren't even allowed to lie down at wedding feasts. Pretty good article! Thumbs up from me!

  • francesw-sta
    12/07/2015 - 02:38 p.m.

    I think the article was pretty cool, but I kind of wonder, it is actually really uncomfortable lying down so why did they do that anyways?

  • Steve0620-yyca
    12/08/2015 - 09:19 p.m.

    I didn't know that the Greek and Romans had rules for certain people about eating while lying down. Now, people can just lie down or sit up and eat. It doesn't matter. Back then, only the upper class or the people with a lot of money could eat while lying down and have people serve them. In Greece, the women weren't invited to banquets often and they had to sit up. In Rome, they changed that and allowed women in the upper class to eat while lying down like how the upper class men could eat. Although eating while lying down can sound relaxing and comfortable, it can also impact the health of people in a negative way.

  • gloria-joh
    12/09/2015 - 12:10 p.m.

    i think people copied people that are above them so they can or would feel as important as them.I also believe people ''further down the social ladder'' because they wanted to fit in like they wanted to be apart of the in crowd they didn't wanna be unique or socially awkward they didn't wanna affect how what other people thought of them and how they viewed themselves.

  • andreww1-mcc
    12/09/2015 - 10:45 p.m.

    I think people "further down the social ladder" copy people above them because they want to be just like them. I think it was interesting that in the article it said it was bad to eat while laying down. I also think that the unsocial or poor people copy the "cool" people because they want to be viewed as a cool person.

  • miral-6-bar
    12/11/2015 - 03:03 a.m.

    Lower class people would mimics the actions of the upper class to feel power. In the 3rd paragraph it states," To eat lying down, while others served you, was a sign of power and luxury enjoyed by the elite" This explains that the people who were worth less would want to feel important and as powerful as the wealthy

  • natalia2-del
    12/11/2015 - 09:07 a.m.

    People further down the ladder copied people above them because they wanted to seem fancy and rich.

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