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Food and Feasting - Man at a feast

Throughout Greece, feasting and drinking occurred at symposia, male-only parties held in the home. In Sparta, men ate together in 'mess' houses. These occasions were called syssitia. All members of the mess had to contribute some food from their lands. The usual food included a black soup, but wealthier members of the mess were supposed to contribute meats from hunting or bread to the meal.

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