Written evidence shows that the Romans imported foods such as olives, figs and dates. They also traded with the locals for food and kept their own animals. They ate local fruit and vegetables such as turnips and apples.

First broadcast:
7 November 2008

We know about some Roman food from Roman cookery books. Two were written by a man called Apicius. Some of his recipes such as roast chicken and cucumber salad, sound quite modern. Others sound rather odd. Would students like to eat calves' brains with roses? Students could make up their own menu for a Roman dinner party or try out a Roman recipe with teachers.