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Dinner in the Byzantine Empire

This episode of the Medieval Grad Podcast is tasty! Adam Morin discusses with Lucie Laumonier the ins and out of Byzantine cuisine. What did a Byzantine grocery list look like? And what did people eat?

Adam Morin, a PhD candidate in history at Queen’s University. You can learn more about Adam on his university webpage.


Adam’s recommended readings:

Dalby, Andrew. Tastes of Byzantium. London: IB Tauris, 2010. – This is an overview of Byzantine food (and its use as medicine) for a non-specialist audience.

Geoponika, Andrew Dalby trans. Totnes: Prospect Books, 2011. – The famous Geoponika, as translated by Andrew Dalby.


Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food and Wine in Byzantium, Brubaker and Linardou eds. Aldershot: Ashgate Variorum, 2007.

The Medieval Grad Podcast is hosted by Lucie Laumonier. Lucie is an affiliate assistant professor at Concordia University. Click here to view her page or follow her on Instagram at The French Medievalist. She is also a columnist on, writing about agriculture and rural life in the Middle Ages.

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The music in this podcast is La douce jouvencelle

Top Image: Dinner scene from a 14th-century manuscript – Institute of Byzantine and Postbyzantine Studies, Venice, cod. gr. 5  fol. 91r