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Fish and fishing in the Roman world

Marzano, A. ORCID: (2018) Fish and fishing in the Roman world. Journal of Maritime Archaeology, 13 (3). pp. 437-447. ISSN 1557-2285

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s11457-018-9195-1


This article focuses on two aspects related to fish and fishing. It first discusses the social context for the consumption of preserved and fresh fish, showing that generally consumption of certain types of fresh fish conferred status, whereas consumption of preserved fish, being more affordable, was attested across social strata. The paper then moves on to examine the organization of the ‘fishing industry’, specifically the relationship between fish-salting establishments and the fishermen who provided the fish. Although we have many literary, documentary, and archaeological sources for fish preservation and fishing techniques in classical antiquity, the fishermen engaged in large-scale fishing remain rather elusive.

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Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Classics
ID Code:77546


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