Saturday, May 3, 2014

Last meal

For the Catholics and Orthodox Christians, Easter had just passed and like many knowledgeable of the bible and its scriptures, it celebrates Jesus' rebirth. Many people only think about Easter as a day meant for egg hunting and giant bunnies with baskets, and painting Easter Eggs. But the second most famous schema that reflect Easter was actually a last meal of Jesus. Jesus' final meal was illustrated and immortalized not only through the scriptures but from art as well; Leonardo Da Vinci, Italy's most famous painter, illustrates Jesus' final meal in one of his more known masterpieces: the Last Supper. Many can see that for his last meal before his crucifixion was composed almost entirely of grain products - specifically bread. This final supper shows much similarity with most of the food we've cooked. Roman diet was focused heavily on bread and grains; they had varieties of bread for all types of circumstances. The Romans used bread dipping to sandwich their meat, and for dessert - where bread is sweetened in milk and fried. In addition,a decent amount of evidence regarding the Roman diet is wheat. During the Pompeii eruption, the volcanic ash were able to create a cast of the some of the objects and people of the city. There were many casts of humans, pets, and other household utensils. Among this collection, a lot of the food that were preserved seem to be bread; many photos of Pompeii's remnants show that in the dining area, the ash were formed in shape of traditional roman bread eaten by commoners. However, the Romans still had other meals in their diet; unfortunately, the volcanic ash didn't shape itself into the form of other typical Roman meal/fast food in restaurants or fast food joints. Although the Romans of Pompeii weren't Christians, they did, however, enjoy bread for their last supper too.

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