Some people in modern Greece long for their ancient culinary traditions. We now go to a food workshop in Athens, where people cook and eat like the ancient Greeks did.

A Greek “symposium” in the town of Kapandriti on the outskirts of Athens on Saturday.

But this is no boring conference. It’s a workshop where modern Greeks prepare meals using the same ingredients as their ancestors and then sample their recipes.

In ancient times, a symposium was a Greek banquet dedicated to eating and drinking.

According to historians, life in ancient Greece revolved around food, and workshops like this one revive these traditions.

[Andrew Dalby, Food Historian]:
“It was the center of ancient life as it can still be the center of life now. If we take our life and if we take our family seriously, eating can still be the center. It certainly was to them.”

The core foods of ancient Greek cuisine still survive in today’s Greek cooking.

Olives, olive oil, parsley, oregano, honey, fish and bread, have all stood the test of time and haven’t been drowned out by imported foods and new recipes.

But there are also many differences between ancient Greek eating habits and those of modern Greeks.

Meat was rarely eaten – so put away the souvlaki.

[Andrew Dalby, Food Historian]:
“Meat was not a big item in the ancient diet – and perhaps not so much in the modern diet as in some other countries, but people are getting more and more interested in meat, which is not necessarily good for us.”

There was breakfast, lunch and dinner, but breakfast was a far cry from a “frappe” — the ice coffee Greeks often drink today.

Back then, breakfast was a glass of wine and a piece of wheat bread.


  1. nosvaructu
    November 14, 2012

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    Obviously that guy wasn’t talking about the Spartans! XD I want my meat and “black soup”

  2. topshelfpenguin
    November 23, 2012

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    why can i not embed this in powerpoint? where is the old embed code?!

  3. francis bélanger
    February 7, 2013

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    pretty sure the ancient Greek were’nt cooking with plastic glove : /
    but it looks delicious!

  4. SunRah
    March 13, 2013

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    looks like modern Greek food

  5. Smiley2990
    May 4, 2013

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    Im greek and i eat it everyday!

  6. francis bélanger
    May 4, 2013

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    lucky you !

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