Roman Wheat, the other Roman Gold
The other Roman Gold. Photo:Musée Romain
Roman gold was also corn, an essential part of daily life of hundreds of thousands inhabitants of Rome. In this exhibition in the Roman museun (Musée Romain), the corn seed is scattered into every direction and Roman society in its entirety emerges in a new light: the “harvesters” pushed by donkeys, public distributions of corn, bread to eat with oysters, the distribution and transport of corn and many other aspects. The surprising discoveries also provide information on the main trends in the food, economics, trade, politics and even the religion of the Romans. Panem et circenses, bread and games … Corn was also a tool of power in the hands of the Roman emperors and the elite.