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CLIP 11750

The production of bread in the Roman world

The production of bread in the Roman world

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Key Info
  • The production of bread in the Roman world
  • Duration: 03:58
  • The question is asked how bread, the staple food in the Roman diet, was produced on an industrial scale to meet the needs of the half a million people who lived in Rome. It was produced in central bakeries, each containing many mechanical machines both for milling flour and kneading dough. Visits to the tomb of a famous baker, Eurysaces, on the outskirts of Rome and to Ostia shed light on the processes involved; there is also an experiment, using a model, to illuminate how a kneading machine might have worked. Taken from What the Ancients Did for Us: Romans, first broadcast in 2005.
  • Subject:

    Classical Studies


    Daily Life and Death

  • Keywords: mill-stone, corn, donkey, mule, slave, Pompeii, dining-room, snack bar
Ideas for use in class
  • To demonstrate how this staple food was produced in a large enough quantity to meet the huge demand for it.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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