A Loaf of Bread from Herculaneum

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Liana Miate
published on 12 September 2017

A loaf of bread from Herculaneum. 79 CE. Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, (photo taken at the National Maritime Museum, Sydney Australia)

Carbonised in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Before the eruption, someone in Pompeii scratched onto a wall a list of purchases and prices made over eight days. On the list, bread was bought every day and was the biggest expenditure over the week. Three varieties are listed: 'bread', 'coarse bread' and 'bread for the slave'.

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Liana Miate
Liana is the Social Media Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in ancient Greece, Rome & Late Antiquity. She is particularly passionate about Rome and Greece, and anything to do with mythology or women.

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