The Crossroads of Classics and Classism within Food Markets : A Comparison Between Ancient Rome and Modem America
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This paper focuses on the intersections between seemingly unconnected disciplines: food markets, business and marketing, classical civilization, and classism. These intersections are explored through comparisons between ancient Rome and modern American food systems at three main points: defining "high quality" foods, access to those foods, and quality of life in relation to food access. Within food access, there are three subsects of access explored: physical, monetary, and socioeconomic means of access. All of these means of access and comparisons are explored through examination of primary sources from ancient literary authors, food remains from ancient Rome, modern cookbooks and food justice movements, and other key documents that draw parallels between the ancient and modern. These comparisons conclude with potential resolutions to limited food access that still prevails today.